Rudolph Giuliani, the personal attorney for President Donald Trump, is pushing Ukranian leaders to enlarge their stake in sensitive U.S. political matters, hoping to convince the incoming leadership in Kiev to continue with investigations that he thinks will help Trump win re-election, The New York Times reports.
Giuliani announced an upcoming trip to Kiev, during which he hopes to sit down with the Ukranian president-elect and discuss two topics of extreme interest for President Trump: the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian influence on the 2016 election and the role of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son on the board of a gas company owned by a Ukrainian business giant.
Giuliani’s plan to represent the President of the United States in an attempt to see if a foreign power can help him win re-election contrasts the fact that Trump has spent the past two years under intense investigation into whether his presidential campaign in 2016 conspired with foreign entities.
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” said Giuliani on Thursday in response to a comparison about his current actions and the special counsel investigation.
“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he said. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. 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.”