Giuliani Cancels Trip to Ukraine; Biden's Camp Responds

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani wants Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's son

Democrats denounced a plan by President Donald Trump's personal attorney to push Ukraine to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically, decrying it as an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a us election.

Trump had told Politico earlier Friday that the trip could have been a "big situation" for the former vice president.

Despite the blowback, Giuliani said the change was made because he didn't want to be surrounded by unnamed Ukrainians who may be "enemies of the president".

After President Donald Trump said it would be "appropriate" for him to speak to his attorney general about initiating an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's diplomacy in Ukraine while Biden's son was serving on the board of Ukrainian energy company, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that such a move would not be appropriate and expressed concern that the attorney general - who he said was lacking integrity - "just might do it". There's no public evidence that the vice president - former vice president took any inappropriate action to help his son, but was it right for Hunter Biden to take a job like that in Ukraine while his father was engaged in diplomacy there?

If the meeting with Zelensky does occur, Mr. Giuliani said he was going to tell him what he knows about "the people that are surrounding him, and how important it is to do a full, complete and fair investigation".

Giuliani revealed his intention to travel to Ukraine on behalf of his client in a Thursday interview with The New York Times, but by Friday night, that plan was canceled.

Trump says "you all are going to elect him in 2020", host George Stephanopoulos said at the end of the clip.

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"I think this was a setup", he added later.

Giuliani's trip, which was first reported by The New York Times, would have been the most high-profile effort yet by Republicans to call attention to growing talking points in conservative circles. "We've had enough of that and Rudy Giuliani should just back off".

To Democrats, the revelation drew clear parallels to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The President of the United States and his personal attorney are actively and publicly asking a foreign power to dig up dirt on a political opponent, undermine a domestic investigation the president was a subject of, and interfere in American democracy.

Democrats, however, were quick to accuse Giuliani of meddling in the next USA presidential election, just 18 months away, by asking a foreign government to investigate a political rival. "He said some people might think it's improper".

In the Fox News interview, Giuliani said he won't go to Ukraine, "in order to remove any political suggestion".

Hunter Biden said in a statement to the Times that he has had "no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma" and "explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma's desire to expand globally".

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