Giuliani assures Trump Ukraine 'insurance' comment was a joke

Giuliani assures Trump Ukraine 'insurance' comment was a joke

President Trump tried to distance himself from his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani's efforts related to Ukraine on Tuesday in an interview with radio host Bill O'Reilly.

"It was mentioned just as very unimportantly [sic] and, as you know, Joe Biden's son became rich as soon as Joe Biden became vice president". "Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think he's going to regret his whole life". "Rudy has other clients, other than me", Trump said. Trump, who denies wrongdoing, faces impeachment over his alleged misconduct.

Giuliani's connections with Parnas and Fruman are not entirely clear, but numerous media outlets have reported that Giuliani enlisted the help of the men to broker contacts with Ukrainian officials, as he sought to pressure Ukraine to announce a probe into Joe Biden, a key domestic rival of Trump.

While no money was ultimately exchanged, the negotiations advanced far enough that Giuliani drafted several contracts in which the former New York City mayor would either work directly for Lutsenko or the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

"I thought that would be too complicated", Mr. Giuliani said.

Spokesman Mark Corallo confirmed those discussions included possible representation of Lutsenko.

Zelensky, elected in April, told reporters that Ukraine did not interfere in the elections or the geopolitics of the United States. Soon after the Times story was published, Giuliani canceled his trip.

Trump was asked what Giuliani was doing in Ukraine. "So you didn't direct him to go to Ukraine to do anything or put any heat on them?" But one person who seems extraordinarily safe in President Trump's orbit is his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Rudy went, he possibly saw something.

So, Mr. President, about that corruption in Ukraine you said you were so anxious about.

"Giuliani is in this very precarious position for a lot of reasons", Rocah said on MSNBC. He said there had been no change in Trump and Giuliani's relationship.

By March, the proposal had been updated to specify that the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice would hire diGenova and Toensing for services, but that Lutsenko's office would pay Giuliani Partners $300,000.

But that beak-dipping could lead Trump to cut Giuliani loose. A few months later, a new United States attorney general was selected. "If you could speak to him that would be great".

In an interview earlier this month with the publication Ukrainian Truth, Lutsenko confirmed that Giuliani told him it was "impossible" for the then-prosecutor general to even get a meeting with the US attorney general unless he hired Giuliani to lobby on his behalf for a monetary fee. "I never received a penny".

He said of Ukrainian officials, "They gave me the records and witnesses".

For Lutsenko, the agreement would have provided a pipeline to Trump's lawyer and, through him, potentially to other top US officials. "Special Counsel Mueller was still investigating, still trying to prove collusion, and Biden was unannounced (as a presidential candidate)".

He said that he was told it would be "impossible" for him to get the meeting without paying and that he continued to refuse.

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