Now that the U.S. Senate acquitted President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment brought on by House Democrats, he feels free to acknowledged that he sent his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to pursue corruption investigations.
Grounds for the impeachment stemmed from a phone call between President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.
Trump released a transcript of the call where he states that Giuliani would be involved in follow-up conversations about corruption investigations.
During the call, Trump suggested Zelensky investigate corruption including alleged misconduct by Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
At one point last year, Trump denied having “directed” Giuliani to “do anything” in Ukraine but is now speaking out saying he was not sorry because Giuliani is a strong “crime fighter.”
From Daily Wire:
On Thursday, the recently acquitted Trump felt free to openly discuss Giuliani’s role in Ukraine and the reason he feels more comfortable turning to the former trial lawyer than intelligence officials.
“Was it strange to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, your personal lawyer? Are you sorry you did that?” Geraldo Rivera asked Trump in an interview for the “Roadkill with Geraldo Rivera” podcast Thursday, as reported by CNN.
“No, not at all,” said Trump, describing Giuliani, as he has multiple times in the past, as a strong “crime fighter.”
Trump then offered a succinct explanation of his rationale for turning to Giuliani for such a task.
“Here’s my choice: I deal with the [Former FBI Director James] Comeys of the world, or I deal with Rudy,” he said, citing his “very bad taste” for the intelligence community, with which Trump has been in a longtime public feud over how they’ve handled his 2016 campaign and the early stages of his presidency.
“So when you tell me, why did I use Rudy, and one of the things about Rudy, number one, he was the best prosecutor, you know, one of the best prosecutors, and the best mayor,” the president told Rivera.
“But also, other presidents had them. FDR had a lawyer who was practically, you know, was totally involved with government. Eisenhower had a lawyer. They all had lawyers.”