After initially planning to travel to the Ukraine to investigate growing allegations of wrongdoing against Joe Biden and son, President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani announced the cancellation of the trip, citing a “set up.”
“It is all part of one large conspiracy that has a two or three parts to it,” Giuliani said during a recent interview, explaining, “So, I’ve decided I’m not going to go, because I’m walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president.”
Giuliani additionally said he had been informed that Ukraine’s president-elect “is in [the] hands of avowed enemies of [President] Trump,” adding, “Useless meeting,” while asserting that the meeting had been “set up” by “several vocal critics” of Trump.
“I concluded that [Ukraine’s] president-elect is being advised by people who were very vocal opponents of President Trump, and peculiarly vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton.”
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, announced late Friday that he was canceling an upcoming trip to Ukraine after he came under criticism for saying he planned to talk to the country’s new leaders about investigations that could boost President Donald Trump politically.
Giuliani had said he was planning to meet with Ukraine’s president-elect, Volodymyr Zelensky, to encourage him to look into Hunter Biden’s involvement with a Ukrainian energy company and Joe Biden’s attempts as vice president to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor accused of ignoring corruption among the country’s elite.
But the move came under attack from Democrats and former law enforcement officials who accused Giuliani of trying to pressure a foreign government to target Biden, who’s running for president, ahead of the 2020 election. Giuliani also said he hoped to discuss a Ukrainian investigation into the origins of the FBI probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Today, Giuliani admitted to seeking political help from a foreign power. Again,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote on Twitter.
The former New York City mayor told POLITICO he was planning to leave Sunday and return Wednesday. But late Friday, Giuliani said he had canceled his trip, explaining his change of plans in a text message that the original offer for a meeting was a “set up” orchestrated by “several vocal critics” of Trump who are advising Ukraine’s new president-elect. “Only got name yesterday and told pres elect is in hands of avowed enemies of Pres Trump,” Giuliani wrote. “Useless meeting.”
“It is all part of one large conspiracy that has a two or three parts to it. … So I’ve decided I’m not going to go because I’m walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president,” Giuliani said on Fox News Friday night.
On Saturday morning, Giuliani sought to further explain his decision in another text message to POLITICO. “I concluded that the President elect is being advised by people who were very vocal opponents of President Trump and peculiarly vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton,” he said, offering no evidence for his claim.