President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, the former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani plans to visit Ukraine‘s capital, looking to “push the incoming government in Kiev to press ahead with investigations that he hopes will benefit Mr. Trump,” the New York Times reported on Thursday.
One of the investigations that Giuliani plans to push involve the Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russian Investigation in hopes that they can “undermine the case against Paul Manafort,” the former 2016 campaign chairman for President Trump, who is currently serving a prison sentence for bank fraud.
The second investigation Giuliani seeks involves former Vice President Joe Biden, the early Democrat favorite heading into the 2020 Presidential Campaign.
In 2016, as the New York Times reported in early May of this year, Biden pressured the Ukrainian Government to remove prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who at the time was investigating among other things Burisma Holdings, a company that, Hunter Biden, Biden’s youngest son, worked for.
According to the article Hunter Biden, “and his American business partners were part of a broad effort by Burisma to bring in well-connected Democrats during a period when the company was facing investigations backed not just by domestic Ukrainian forces but by officials in the Obama administration.”
Hunter Biden told the Times, “I have had no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma, or any of its officers. I explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma’s desire to expand globally.”
Guiliani is said to have “discussed the Burisma investigation, and its intersection with the Bidens, with the ousted Ukrainian prosecutor general,” and met with the current “prosecutor multiple times in New York this year.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Guiliani explained that “We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do.”
He went on to say, “There’s nothing illegal about it. 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.”
The investigations had been “opened by Ukrainian prosecutors serving during the term of the country’s current president, Petro O. Poroshenko.”
Poroshenko lost his re-election bid to comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who takes office on June 3rd, he has said he “would like to replace the prosecutor who oversaw some of the matters.” Giuliani’s meeting with the Zelensky, has not been confirmed.
Giuliani went on to explain that if the meeting does occur he plans to explain, “what I know about the people that are surrounding him, and how important it is to do a full, complete and fair investigation.”
Asked if President Trump was aware of his plans Giuliani said, “He basically knows what I’m doing, sure, as his lawyer.”