Despite the fact that his overseas adventuring has led to the likely impeachment of President Donald Trump, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is continuing his scheme to smear Democrats in Ukraine, a New York Times report revealed Wednesday.
Even as impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives were happening live, the Times found that Giuliani “met in Budapest on Tuesday with a former Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, who has become a key figure in the impeachment inquiry.”
The report continued:
He then traveled to Kyiv on Wednesday seeking to meet with other former Ukrainian prosecutors whose claims have been embraced by Republicans, including Viktor Shokin and Kostiantyn H. Kulyk, according to people familiar with the effort.
The former prosecutors, who have faced allegations of corruption, all played some role in promoting claims about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a former United States ambassador to Ukraine and Ukrainians who disseminated damaging information about Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in 2016.
Giuliani, in concert with the pro-Trump network One America News, is filming a documentary meant as counter-programming to the impeachment proceedings.
The report also said that Giuliani met with United States Ambassador to Hungary David Cornstein. Giuliani’s previous interactions with the State Department and his efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens and 2016 are a key part of the impeachment case against Trump. And according to the Times, State Department officials are concerned about Giuliani’s ongoing efforts, considering the events taking place in the House.
Giuliani has claimed that he is only operating in legitimate defense of his client, the president. However, there are some indications that Giuliani has had personal financial interests in Ukraine. And Giuliani’s role as Trump’s personal lawyer supports the case that it’s egregious he worked alongside State Department officials in his efforts in Ukraine.
Read the full report at the Times.
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