Giuliani Spoke With At Least 5 Different Ukrainian Prosecutors To Initiate Probe
President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spent months of covert operations with current and former prosecutors in Ukraine to help Trump in next year’s election by pressuring Ukrainian authorities to pursue allegations that could damage his Democratic rivals, according to The Washington Post.
Giuliani’s efforts were met by an obstacle, however, when Volodymyr Zelensky became the president of Ukraine last spring. His efforts were thrown into doubt as one of the prosecutors that Giuliani had seen as an ally made public comment that undermined his claims against former vice president Joe Biden.
“New Pres of Ukraine still silent on investigation of Ukrainian interference in 2016 election and alleged Biden bribery of Pres Poroshenko,” Trump’s personal lawyer tweeted on June 21, without citing evidence and referring to Petro Proshenko, whom Zelensky defeated. “Time for leadership and investigate both if you want to purge how Ukraine was abused by Hillary and Obama people.”
Trump, now the subject of a whistleblower complaint and a congressional impeachment inquiry, suspended military aid to Ukraine on July 18, facing doubt about Zelensky’s willingness to work with Giuliani.
The whistleblower complaint, from an unnamed U.S. intelligence official, warned that Trump was using his political office to solicit interference in the 2020 election from Ukraine. Giulinai’s covert mission was described as a “serious or flagrant problem, abuse or violation of law or Executive Order.”
Giuliani told The Washington Post that he had met with five current and former Ukrainian prosecutors since last year in an attempt to obtain information about Hunter Biden.
He alleged that Joe Biden advocated for the dismissal of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin because of his investigation into a natural gas company where Hunter Biden served as a board member for five years.
“[Giuliani] had a lot of files and documents on the table. I was not the first person he had met with about the case,” former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko said.