Rudy Giuliani vows to hold ‘demonstrations’ at Trump’s impeachment trial as he attends the President’s New Year’s Eve party
- Rudy Giuliani says he will hold ‘lectures’ and ‘demonstrations’ at Trump’s trial
- President’s personal lawyer said he would testify and would ‘love to try the case’
- At New Year’s Eve party he added he would ‘prosecute it as a racketeering case’
- Giuliani said he has compiled a report that could verify the president’s account
Rudy Giuliani said he is going to hold ‘demonstrations’ at President Trump’s impeachment trial.
Trump’s personal lawyer vowed to give ‘lectures’ at the Capitol to defend his client when asked if he would testify during the Senate hearing.
The former New York City mayor made the remarks to reporters on Tuesday night at the President’s New Year’s Eve party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Asked if he would testify at the trial, Giuliani said he would, then added he could ‘do demonstrations’ and that he would ‘love to try the case’, according to The Hill.
Giuliani is not expected to be a part of Trump’s defense team during his impeachment trial, which is expected to begin as early as the second week of this month.
President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaking to the press outside the grand ballroom as he arrived for a New Year’s party at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, last night
First lady Melania Trump listening as President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before his New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago property on Tuesday night
He said: ‘I would testify, I would, erm, do demonstrations. I’d give lectures, I’d give summations.
‘Or I’d do what I do best, I’d try the case. I’d love to try the case. Well I don’t know if anybody would have the courage to give me the case, but if you give me the case, I will prosecute it as a racketeering case, which I kind of invented anyway.’
This week Giuliani said he has compiled a massive report on the Bidens that could verify the president’s concerns about corruption that he wanted Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate.
The issue of Hunter Biden’s time on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
In Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky he is accused of trying to pressure the newly-elected Ukrainian leader into installing a new prosecutor to investigate the Bidens in return for the release of US military aid.
Two of Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman allegedly travelled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens
Both men are among a group of five charged with using straw donors to funnel illegal contributions to politicians they thought could help their political and business interests, including a pro-Trump super PAC as well as committees supporting other Republicans.
Giuliani himself returned from Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, last month after meeting with former general prosecutors and parliamentarians who have been known to peddle Russian conspiracy theories, including supposed plots that suggest Ukraine intervened in the 2016 US presidential election.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff giving an opening statement in November during the first public hearings held by the House as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump
Rudy Giuliani said he would testify at Trump’s impeachment trial. He is pictured (above) speaking to the press at the president’s NYE party last night
Giuliani later said publicly that Trump asked him to relay the intelligence to GOP lawmakers.
Speaking last night, Giuliani also dodged a question about whether he had any plans for another trip to Ukraine, according to The Daily Beast.
Senator Lindsey Graham urged Guiliani to vet his intelligence on the former vice president and his son Hunter, and alleged Ukraine corruption, to make sure that it is ‘not Russian propaganda’.
Both Democrats and Republicans are reportedly avoiding Giuliani, concerned that his sources are the same ones who have been known for spinning the truth and outright lies.
It comes as Republican Senator Susan Collins said she would be ‘open to witnesses’ in the upcoming impeachment trial.
She then qualified her comment to Maine Public Radio to come closer to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s view that decisions about witnesses should wait until after the trial is underway.