On Saturday, Donald Trump gave his full support to Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney. He continues to support Giuliani even after reports surfaced that the former mayor of New York City is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible lobbying violations in relation to his work in Ukraine.
“So now they are after the legendary ‘crime buster’ and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump tweeted. “He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer.”
So now they are after the legendary “crime buster” and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani. He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt going on in USA. Deep State. Shameful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2019
On Friday, the New York Times reported that prosecutors in Manhattan were currently investigating whether Giuliani broke lobbying laws in relation to his dealings with Ukraine. Prosecutors are examining Giuliani’s efforts to oust then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Two of Giuliani’s “associates” were indicted this week for campaign finance violations. The two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are accused of using a limited liability company to make political contributions related to American elections, in violation of FEC prohibitions against contributions from foreign nationals.
Both men have been linked to Giuliani’s efforts to conduct investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden’s, and his son Hunter’s, dealings in the country — particularly connected to Hunter’s ties to a Ukrainian gas company. Giuliani has acknowledged that both men “logistically helped” in his collection of evidence against Hunter Biden and that they helped connect him with former Ukrainian top prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko.
The arrests of Parmas and Fruman came amid the mounting impeachment inquiry into Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine. During the phone conversation, Trump pressured President Zelensky into investigating his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Democrats have accused Trump of withholding military funds from Ukraine unless they investigate the Bidens.
Yovanovitch was recalled in May as the Ukraine ambassador. She told lawmakers on Friday that she was removed after “unfounded and false claims” were made against her as well as continued pressure from Trump on the State Department to remove her.
She added that she was in contact with Giuliani three times as she can recall, none related to the Ukranian controversy. She added that she did not know Giuliani’s motives for going after her.
But she added that “individuals who may have been named in the press as contacts of Mr. Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine.”
Trump dismissed the claims against Giuliani on Saturday. He also attempted to dismiss the entire impeachment inquiry as he gas several times since it was launched.
“Such a one-sided Witch Hunt going on in the USA. Deep State. Shameful!” he proclaimed.