Giuliani, the personal attorney for President Donald Trump, reversed course after Democrats blasted the former New York City mayor for what they viewed as an attempt to court foreign help to stymy the former vice president's run for the Democratic ticket. Biden, who now leads the Democratic presidential polls, is seen as Trump's biggest threat in the president's 2020 re-election campaign.
Giuliani previously told the New York Times that he would travel to Kiev in the "coming days" and possibly meet with newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to persuade him to press ahead with an investigation into cooperation between Ukrainian officials and the Democratic Party during the 2016 election, as well as a corruption case involving the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. "And if I wanted to meddle in that election-which I don't-I could have held this for a year and dropped it right before the convention", Giuliani said.
Giuliani, however, argued that the meeting had been a "set up" by anti-Trump elements in the Ukrainian government and told Fox News on Friday that he cancelled because "it is all part of one large conspiracy that has a two or three parts to it. ..." Biden called for the removal of the top Ukrainian prosecutor, who at one point had been investigating a Ukrainian natural gas company connected to Biden's son, Hunter. Mr. Giuliani had planned to leave on Sunday. Here you have the President's lawyer seeking help from a foreign government again to influence a presidential election.
"Certainly it would be an appropriate thing to speak to him about, but I have not done that as of yet..." I think it goes back even to the Clintons.
Democrats rushed to denounce Giuliani.
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"The reality is I came about this by accident investigating Ukrainian collusion with Democrats to affect the election and also to create a false narrative against the president", he added.
"We have come to a very sorry state when it is considered OK for an American politician, never mind an attorney for the president, to go and seek foreign intervention in American politics", Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY told reporters Friday. Somebody could say it's improper.
Democrats have issued a subpoena for the full unredacted Mueller report and are calling on Attorney General Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress; reaction from California Congressman Adam Schiff, Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee. "And I'm going to give them reasons why they shouldn't stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government".
Hunter Biden said in a statement to the Times that he has had "no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma" and "explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma's desire to expand globally".