Here's How Giuliani is Linked to the Ukraine Scandal
By Lisette Voytko
Topline: As part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, House Democrats subpoenaed his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Monday night for documents related to his dealings with Ukraine—here’s how “America’s Mayor” became a part of the scandal.
- The New York Times reported in May that Giuliani was planning a Ukraine trip. His goal was to dig up new information on the Russia investigation and Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son.
- Giuliani’s investigation of Hunter Biden ramped up after Ukraine’s top prosecutor visited him in New York earlier this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s unclear when the visit took place, but both Giuliani and Trump have repeatedly accused the Bidens of corruption in Ukraine (although no evidence exists.)
- In July, Giuliani was connected by text message to a senior adviser for Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president. Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine (who resigned Saturday) connected the two men, according to the Wall Street Journal.
- The now-infamous phone call between Trump and Zelensky happened six days after that text message exchange. Records of the July 25 call show Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, and to work with Giuliani and attorney general Bill Barr.
- On September 19, Giuliani appeared to admit that he asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden during a CNN appearance. It was one of several interviews over the past weeks where he appeared to admit this.
- According to the New York Times, if Giuliani does not hand over the documents to House Democrats, he could help build an impeachment case against Trump.
What to watch for: If Giuliani complies with the subpoena. He has until October 15 to hand over the requested documents. After receiving the subpoena, he tweeted that the subpoena was “prejudged” by Democrats, but it raised “significant concerns” and “will be given appropriate consideration.”
Tangent: Giuliani’s TV appearances have become increasingly heated. He got into a shouting match with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo during that September 19 appearance. But it was a September 25 appearance on Fox News that incensed him to call Democratic strategist Chris Hahn a “moron”, and repeatedly told him to “shut up.”
Key background: Giuliani became globally recognized in the aftermath of 9/11, which happened while he was mayor of New York City. After leaving office, Giuliani launched a failed bid for the presidency in 2008. His work in Ukraine began shortly after that, when he worked on a mayoral campaign for a Ukrainian boxer. Once Trump made Giuliani his unofficial adviser (and then personal lawyer) he became sought-after in Ukraine. Giuliani does not have an official role in the Trump administration and reportedly is working for free. Those blurred lines concerned U.S. officials enough to share them with the whistleblower—who in turn included them in his report.
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