Giuliani Interviewing Corrupt Officials In Ukraine For Pro-Trump Documentary
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney took a trip abroad this week to interview Ukrainian officials for a pro-Trump documentary intended to push an anti-impeachment narrative — despite increased scrutiny over his activities to date by House investigators and state prosecutors in New York.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani “met in Budapest on Tuesday with a former Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, who has become a key figure in the impeachment inquiry.” After that meeting, Giuliani moved on to Kyiv, where he met with former prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Kostiantyn Kulyk, along with others.
All of the Ukrainian prosecutors have faced allegations of corruption, and all of them have played some type of part in pushing claims that former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in corruption in UKraine. Their claims also involved “a former United States ambassador to Ukraine and Ukrainians who disseminated damaging information about Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in 2016.”
The first two episodes of the documentary series have already aired on One America News (OAN), which is working with Giuliani on the project, The Times reported.
Giuliani also had dinner with longtime friend David B. Cornstein, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary. Cornstein is also a longtime friend of Trump, The Times noted, and has courted Viktor Orban, Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister, who in turn has provided fodder for Mr. Trump’s critical view of Ukraine.”
Giuliani’s activities in Ukraine, along with those of his associates, have come under scrutiny as the House impeachment inquiry picked up steam in recent weeks.
The House Intelligence Committee report released this week included phone records showing numerous calls between key players in the scandal, including Giuliani, his associate Lev Parnas, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and the White House.
Though Giuiliani’s continued efforts despite the impeachment investigation have troubled some State Department officials, the attorney himself told The Times it is not “audacious or risky” for him to continue his mission.
“If S.D.N.Y. leaks and Democrats’ threats stopped me, then I should find a new profession,” he wrote to the newspaper in a text message on Wednesday.