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Newly released letter from Giuliani to Pres. of Ukrain before the phone call just released.

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  1. NinaS

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    https://www.businessinsider.com/new...roys-trump-defense-ukraine-impeachment-2020-1

    A newly revealed letter from Rudy Giuliani — Trump's own lawyer — destroys the president's last defense in Ukraine scandal

    • Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani sent to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in May.
    • In the letter, Giuliani requested a meeting with Zelensky and emphasized he was acting in his capacity as Trump's personal lawyer.
    • One day before Giuliani wrote the letter, The New York Times reported that he wanted to meet with Ukrainian officials to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter.
    • Trump has said his request for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens was linked to an interest in rooting out corruption, which would be in the US's national interest.
    • But Giuliani's letter directly undermines that, as it specifies he was acting as Trump's private attorney; in other words, he was representing the president's personal political interests and not the country's interests.
    Dated May 10, the letter showed the former New York mayor telling Zelensky he wanted to meet in person on May 13 and May 14.

    "Just to be precise, I represent him as a private citizen, not as President of the United States," Giuliani wrote. "This is quite common under American law because the duties and privileges of a President and a private citizen are not the same."

    Dated May 10, the letter showed the former New York mayor telling Zelensky he wanted to meet in person on May 13 and May 14.

    "Just to be precise, I represent him as a private citizen, not as President of the United States," Giuliani wrote. "This is quite common under American law because the duties and privileges of a President and a private citizen are not the same."

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    One day before Giuliani wrote the letter, The New York Times reported that he wanted to meet with Ukrainian officials to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter.

    Specifically, he wanted the Ukrainian government to investigate Hunter Biden's involvement as a board member of the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings.

    "We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do," Giuliani told The Times when asked whether by going to Ukraine and pressing for the inquiry he was inviting foreign interference in the 2020 election.

    Trump and Giuliani's efforts to pressure Ukraine into delivering dirt on the Bidens and Burisma make up the center of Congress' impeachment proceedings against Trump. Last month, the House of Representatives impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

    The president has said his request for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens was linked to an interest in rooting out corruption, which would be in the US's national interest.
     
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