In Interview, Trump Confesses To Soliciting Election Interference From Ukraine
President Donald Trump admitted for what appears to be the first time that he directed his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine, despite denying his involvement for months as impeachment proceedings unfolded in the House and Senate.
CNN reports that during an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s podcast on Thursday, Trump was asked: “Was it strange to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, your personal lawyer? Are you sorry you did that?”
The president responded, “No, not at all.” He then went on to explain his reasoning for sending his own attorney to find negative information on his potential political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden.
“Here’s my choice: I deal with the Comeys of the world, or I deal with Rudy,” Trump said. He added that he has “a very bad taste” for U.S. intelligence officials after the Russia investigation.
“So when you tell me, why did I use Rudy, and one of the things about Rudy, number one, he was the best prosecutor, you know, one of the best prosecutors, and the best mayor,” Trump said. “But also, other presidents had them. FDR had a lawyer who was practically, you know, was totally involved with government. Eisenhower had a lawyer. They all had lawyers.”
RawStory noted that Trump was asked as recently as November if he had directed Giuliani to pursue dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine. “No, I didn’t direct him,” the president said, which now is confirmed by Trump’s own words to be a lie.