Trump did not pay for his globetrotting push for Biden probe: Giuliani

Vastavam web: Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, says he met Ukrainian officials in Madrid, Paris and Warsaw this year as he pushed an investigation into one of Trump’s main political rivals in the 2020 presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden. Giuliani has emerged as a central figure in a scandal that has now engulfed Trump and left him facing an impeachment inquiry into whether he misused his office for his own political gains.

One of the key questions is who financed Giuliani’s globe-trotting as he pursued unsubstantiated allegations that Biden had tried to fire Ukraine’s then chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, to stop him investigating an energy company on which his son Hunter served as a director.

Biden has accused Giuliani of peddling “false, debunked conspiracy theories.” Giuliani traveled to Madrid to meet Andriy Yermak, a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinskiy, a few days after a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Zelinskiy to investigate Biden. Yermak had sought the meeting with Giuliani.

Giuliani said that he chose Madrid as the meeting place because he was going to be there anyway on behalf of two clients, whom he declined to name. Giuliani did not say what they discussed at that meeting, but a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with Zelinksiy made public last week said U.S. officials had characterized the meeting as a “direct follow-up” to the president’s call.Giuliani said he had received no money from Trump’s election campaign or the Republican National Committee, the bureaucratic body that oversees Trump’s Republican Party.

He said he did not view his work as a “political act.” Giuliani said he met a Ukrainian prosecutor in Paris in April or May for further discussions about the firing of Shokin. He added that he had been in the French capital “for other reasons once again.”