On Trump's Behalf, Giuliani Altered U.S.-Ukraine Relations To Benefit Trump
Over a period of many months, Rudy Giuliani subverted U.S.-Ukraine policy to politically benefit Trump, according to the Washington Post.
President Trump’s attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security officials and empowered political loyalists — including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani — to exploit the U.S. relationship with Kiev, current and former U.S. officials said.
The sequence, which began early this year, involved the abrupt removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, the circumvention of senior officials on the National Security Council, and the suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars of aid administered by the Defense and State departments — all as key officials from these agencies struggled to piece together Giuliani’s activities from news reports.
Josh Dawsey on Twitter
“Bolton grew livid at Giuliani’s shadow Ukraine policy. NSC aides convened meetings to try & understand the hidden machinations. Ukrainian officials & US embassy officials in Kiev couldn’t figure out if he was speaking for government. Mulvaney stayed away. https://t.co/DLmhlaxSJS”
Rick Wilson on Twitter
“I hear the bus rumbling to life, and someone pushing Rudy under. https://t.co/3C3bSIzLZv”
Michael R. Bromwich on Twitter
“This article is amazing. Scores of witnesses to the highjacking of the U.S.'s Ukraine policy by Giuliani. He is going to need a very good lawyer because he's going to be testifying a fair amount. https://t.co/CtXP7CvSV4”
Julia Davis on Twitter
“U.S. officials described an atmosphere of intense pressure inside the NSC and other departments since the existence of the whistleblower complaint became known. One official described the climate as verging on “bloodletting.” https://t.co/QshYac5Vpt”
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