Trump's Personal Lawyer Cancels Plans To Visit Ukraine

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2019

Giuliani's planned trip drew sharp outrage from Democrats who said it was an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a US election. Giuliani said he believes that the incoming president is being advised, in particular, by Serhiy Leshchenko, an opposition parliament member who helped uncover the off-the-books payments made to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Giuliani, in an interview with Fox News on Friday night, said he would not be going to Ukraine next week, as had been reported.

The President took to Twitter on Sunday saying Beijing would embrace the election of Joe Biden as president in the 2020 General Elections.

Giuliani had said last week that he would travel to Kiev in coming days to urge the government to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's recently concluded probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, and the involvement of former Vice President Joe Biden's son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

In the Politico interview, Trump weighed the idea of an investigation into Biden in response to allegations that the former vice president had inappropriate interactions with the Ukrainian government while his son, Hunter Biden, was working for a gas company run by one of the country's oligarchs.

"The meeting would have accomplished little and may be in the hands of those who might misrepresent it", Giuliani said Saturday in a statement. "So, yes, let the president go after him, but don't seek the help of a foreign government in your election". "I think it's reprehensible".

Giuliani originally planned to travel to Ukraine to push the nation's leaders to carry out two investigations: one into presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and another into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Giuliani added that he canceled the trip to avoid adding the perception of politicizing the matter.

Mr. Giuliani said he had been planning for several weeks to travel to Kyiv to deliver a paid speech to a Jewish group about Middle East policy. "I am actually quite confident that the facts, with regard to vice president - former vice president - Biden are so compelling that there's no way he gets from here to the election, without this being investigated, OK?" Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe argued that Trump is "all but certain to abuse his powers as president to undermine the campaign of whoever his opponent turns out to be". He had told the publication he planned to ask Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to look into the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden's son's past connections to the country.

Rep. Jerrod Nadler said American politics were in "a sorry state" if the president's lawyer was seeking foreign interference.

"We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do", he told the newspaper.

"Somebody could say it's improper", he said.

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