President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said he has ‘insurance’ in case the president decides to abandon him during the increasingly volatile impeachment inquiries.
Giuliani covered a breadth of topics during a Saturday interview with Fox News, including an implication that he has compromising information on the Commander-in-Chief should their relationship ever flounder.
While railing against alleged fake news, which he calls ‘totally insulting,’ Giuliani lets loose what is seemingly passive-aggressive warning towards Trump.
Rudy Giuliani (pictured) said President Donald Trump would not turn on him during the impeachment inquiry, but said he had ‘insurance’ if so
‘I see things like, “he’s going to throw me under the bus.” I say he isn’t, but I have insurance,’ Giuliani said with a shrug.
Giuliani did not specify what the ‘insurance’ entailed.
Despite the admission, Giuliani says he has ‘very, very good relationship’ with Trump.
Prior to that, Giuliani tried to quell any belief that he was afraid of being indicted as a result of the impeachment inquiry.
‘How long have you known me?,’ Giuliani asks the host.
‘Do you think I’m afraid? Do you think I get afraid? I did the right thing. I represented my client in a very, very effective way.’
Despite the admission, Giuliani says his relationship with Trump is ‘good’
Giuliani is currently dealing with his own investigation federal investigations following claims that he possibly engaged in illegal lobbying and campaign finance violations.
Documents released late Friday show Donald Trump´s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in contact with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the months before the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was abruptly recalled.
The State Department released the documents to the left-wing activist group American Oversight in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. They show that Pompeo talked with Giuliani on March 26 and March 29.
Each of the calls lasted about four minutes, and they came before and after Giuliani passed Pompeo a packet of information from his freelance investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine.
Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, claimed the documents reveal ‘a clear paper trail from Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo to facilitate Giuliani´s smear campaign against a U.S. ambassador.’
Documents released late Friday show Donald Trump´s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in contact with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in March
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (above) told House impeachment investigators she felt ‘kneecapped’ by a ‘smear campaign’ Giuliani led against her
Last week, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators she felt ‘kneecapped’ by a ‘smear campaign’ Giuliani led against her.
She was withdrawn from her post in Ukraine in May.
The documents released Friday also include materials that appear to be the information packet that Giuliani handed off to the State Department.
The report includes Trump hotel stationery, and appears to summarize a January 23, 2019, phone interview that Giuliani had with Ukraine´s former prosecutor general, Victor Shokin.
In the interview summary, Shokin claims he was removed from his position under pressure from then-Vice President Biden, after being warned by U.S. diplomats to break off investigations into Burisma, the gas company where Biden’s son Hunter sat on the board.
Biden has bragged openly of how he threatened to withhold loan guarantees to ensure Shokin was removed from office in early 2016.
The documents released Friday also include summary of an interview that Giuliani had with Ukraine’s former prosecutor general, Victor Shokin (above)
Giuliani is seen with fixer Lev Parnas, who assisted with translation in the Shokin interview. Parnas is now under indictment on campaign finance charges
Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, has pursued the theory that Shokin was removed to end investigations into Burisma.
Biden supporters dismiss that claim as a conspiracy theory, saying that Biden put pressure on Ukraine to oust Shokin was because the prosecutor failed to tackle corruption.
The interview summary released on Friday says Giuliani and two business associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were present.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested last month on a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records.
The men had key roles in Giuliani´s efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
A second memo appears to be a summary of an interview with Yuri Lutsenko, also a former prosecutor general of Ukraine, conducted in the presence of Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman.
Lutsenko is quoted saying that he believes Hunter Biden received millions of dollars in compensation from the Ukrainian oil company Burisma.
The documents released Friday include this summary of Giuliani’s interview with Shokin