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Giuliani says he comes to Ukraine to interfere in probes hoping to help Trump

Breaking News Emails Get urgent news alerts and special reports. May 10, 2019, 19:24 UTC By Allan Smith and Dareh Gregorian President Donald Trump's Personal Lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he travels to Ukraine to urge the country's presidential election to deepen investigations which he anticipates could help Trump's re-election campaign. "We are not involved in an election, we participate in an investigation that We have the right to do," says Giuliani in an interview with The New York Times, published Thursday. According to times, Giuliani plans to ask Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian comedian who was elected to lead the nation in April to move forward with probes involving the son of potential Trump rival Joe Biden and studies related to special councilor Robert Mueller's study of Russian involvement in the 201 6 campaign. "There is nothing illegal about it, "he told the paper. But, the former Mayor of New York City promised in the interview:" Someone might say it's wrong. " Democrats did it quickly. " We've come to a very sad state when it is considered OK for an American politician, a lawyer for the president, to seek foreign action in US politics, "said rep. Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., President of House Judiciary Comm ittee, to reporters Friday. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted that Giuliani's efforts are not only inappropriate, but "immoral, unethical, patriotic and now standard procedure." Giuliani told Thursday that Trump fully supports his plans. "The President openly urges a foreign government to…

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By Allan Smith and Dareh Gregorian

President Donald Trump’s Personal Lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he travels to Ukraine to urge the country’s presidential election to deepen investigations which he anticipates could help Trump’s re-election campaign.

“We are not involved in an election, we participate in an investigation that We have the right to do,” says Giuliani in an interview with The New York Times, published Thursday.

According to times, Giuliani plans to ask Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian comedian who was elected to lead the nation in April to move forward with probes involving the son of potential Trump rival Joe Biden and studies related to special councilor Robert Mueller’s study of Russian involvement in the 201

6 campaign.

“There is nothing illegal about it, “he told the paper.

But, the former Mayor of New York City promised in the interview:” Someone might say it’s wrong. “

Democrats did it quickly.

” We’ve come to a very sad state when it is considered OK for an American politician, a lawyer for the president, to seek foreign action in US politics, “said rep. Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., President of House Judiciary Comm ittee, to reporters Friday.

Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted that Giuliani’s efforts are not only inappropriate, but “immoral, unethical, patriotic and now standard procedure.”

Giuliani told Thursday that Trump fully supports his plans.

“The President openly urges a foreign government to investigate his political rival. This is the next level,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. tweeted Friday.

Giuliani tweeted back, “Explain to me why Biden shouldn’t be investigated if his son got millions from a Russian lovingly crooked Ukrainian oligarch while he was CEO and dictator of Ukraine. “

Giuliani told in a text message that what he plans is” perfectly legal “because it involves an investigation. The 2020 election is 17 months away, “he wrote.

Lately, Giuliani has claimed a conspiracy involving the former Vice President, who has emerged as the early frontrunner in the competition to be the Democratic candidate. In an interview with NBC News earlier this week, Giuliani said he stumbled upon the story of an accident when he examined a statement he had heard about the Democratic National Committee officials “with the US Embassy in Ukraine as the focus of getting dirt on Trump” and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort , who earned millions of workers for a corrupt pro-Russian political party in Ukraine for almost a decade.

“Suddenly, when I interview these people, they tell me Biden’s story,” says Giuliani.

The Biden story means that the Vice President’s 2016 calls for Ukraine to break down corruption, including removing a Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin , which is seen as ineffective, as Giuliani has noted, one of the cases Shokin had investigated involved a company called Burisma Holdings. Biden son Hunter Biden was on the board of the company at that time.

Hunter Biden and Joe Biden at the World Food Program US Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award ceremony at the United States Organization on April 12, 2016 in Washington. Teresa Kroeger / Getty Images file

But Bloomberg News, citing documents and an interview with a former Ukrainian official, reported earlier this week that the Burisma survey had been dormant for over a year when Biden demanded corruption degradation . However, PolitiFact reported that there was no evidence to “support the idea that Joe Biden advocated his son’s interests in mind”.

Giuliani has said, and The Times has reported that the Ukrainian prosecutors have opened the Burisma investigation, but a spokesman for the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office told Bloomberg that it had not.

That chairman did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

Hunter Biden, who went down from Burisma’s board last month, told The Times, “I’ve never discussed with my father’s business or board.”

Giuliani told NBC News, “I assure you that I’m not trying to take him out [Biden]. I’m actually – he won’t appreciate it – but I do him a favor by trying to get it investigated now. will not live in November next year. “

DNC has repeatedly refused to work with the Ukrainian government to get dirt on Manafort. The incriminating Ukrainian information on Manafort that arose during the campaign – a leader who showed $ 12.7 million in unreported payments from a Ukrainian political party in Russia was from public records. However, Ukraine’s current top prosecutor has opened a survey on whether the Manafort information was released to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Manafort, 70, now serves a federal prison for seven and a half years for undiscovered lobbying in Ukraine as well as tax and bank fraud – fees raised as part of Mueller’s investigation but not linked to Manafort’s work on the Trump campaign .

The New York Times previously reported on Giuliani’s interest in Biden and Manafort related inquiries and his meetings with Ukrainian officials about the probes. Giuliani then said he had alerted the president to his efforts.

Trump talked about the Biden story in an interview with Fox News last week.

“I hear it’s a big scandal, big problem” Trump said. “I hope for him it’s false news. I don’t think it is.”

Alex Moe contributed.

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