President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been making the rounds, conducting ranting TV and magazine interviews in the aftermath of the House launching an impeachment inquiry into the president.
Giuliani criticized the anonymous intelligence official who claims President Trump abused his power, before he praised himself for his supposed efforts to uncover alleged corruption in Ukraine: ‘I’m the legitimate whistleblower,’ he said.
Giuliani called out the State Department to demand its representative for Ukraine negotiations ‘step forward’ and admit he was working for the department.
Rudy Giuliani reiterated previous claims that the State Department asked him to reach out to Ukraine to inquire about Ukrainian investigations, including into Joe and Hunter Biden
Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show for the third night, Giuliani attempted to deny reports that he was at the center of President Trump’s attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
He insisted that he had in fact been working for the State Department during calls and meetings with Ukrainian government officials.
Ingraham appeared to have trouble understanding exactly what Giuliani was implying during the frenetic interview and why Trump’s lawyer was acting on behalf of the State Department.
She asked him if Giuliani was acting as Trump’s ‘personal representative interfacing with State’ or as a ‘kind of a pseudo-government emissary working to ferret out corruption in the Ukraine.’
‘As a lawyer though, I think it’s confusing. I just want to understand it, it’s confusing to people,’ Ingraham said. ‘Were you acting as the president’s personal representative interfacing with state? Or were you working as kind of a pseudo-government emissary working to ferret out corruption in the Ukraine? Where they dual roles? I think that gets confusing.’
Laura Ingraham, left, noted that people were ‘extremely confused’ about Giuliani’s relationship with the State Department
‘Let me tell you the facts,’ Giuliani said with a grin.
‘They asked me if I would take a call from [Ukraine presidential aide Andriy] Yermak and if I would meet with him and I did and I reported it back to them and the conversation was completely normal and there was no bribery, there was no extortion. Nothing like what Biden did. I didn’t do that in the president and Biden do that.’
Ingraham then asked Giuliani about a report in the New York Times brought up a post from New York Times report that suggested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was ‘unhappy’ at Giuliani for his role in the Ukraine scandal.
One of the allegations contained in the whistleblower complaint also suggested that the State Department was ‘deeply concerned’ about Giuliani’s communications with Ukrainian leaders.
Once again, Giuliani brushed off any criticism and said the State Department asked him to reach out to Ukraine to inquire about Ukrainian investigations, including into former Vice President Joe Biden and his family.
‘I actually think they should all congratulate me, because if it weren’t for me nobody would have uncovered and faced massive corruption by the Vice President of the United States,’ Giuliani said as he praised himself once again.
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted: ‘It is impossible that the whistle-blower is a hero and I’m not. And I will be the hero! These morons—when this is over, I will be the hero’
‘In fact, I’m a legitimate whistleblower. I have uncovered corruption that this Washington swamp has been covering up, effectively, for years. And his State Department, you know, asked me to do this. So Mike, if you’re unhappy with me, I’m sorry, but I accomplished my mission.’
‘I have no idea if he is unhappy with me or not. I, frankly, don’t care. I’m the president’s lawyer,’ Giuliani continued, despite having insisted moments earlier that he was working for the State Department.
‘The reality is that Joe Biden did everything that these stupid fools accuse the president of doing which he didn’t do, and now they are doubling down on a whistleblower complaint that is falling apart. He’s not even a whistleblower. A hearsay witness is not a witness under the law. The Inspector General decided the hearsay witness was credible. How could he possibly decide that unless he had some kind of severe bias?’.
When it comes to Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani became President Donald Trump’s courier, attack dog, fixer and a self-described meddler in another country’s affairs
When it comes to Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani became President Donald Trump’s courier, attack dog, fixer and a self-described meddler in another country’s affairs.
His purpose was single-minded: get information ‘very, very helpful to my client.’
Earlier on Thursday, the intelligence-community whistleblower described Giuliani as a one-man wrecking ball, breaking things in a complex international landscape and leaving actual diplomatic envoys to clean up his ‘damage.’
In a separate interview with The Atlantic magazine Giuliani said: ‘I will be the hero’ in this episode and those who criticize him now are ‘morons.’
‘I’m not acting as a lawyer. I’m acting as someone who has devoted most of his life to straightening out government,’ a winded Giuliani said in his interview with The Atlantic. ‘Anything I did should be praised.’
Officials revealed earlier this week that after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concluded this Spring, Giuliani turned his attention to Ukraine – including pushing for personnel changes at the embassy and requesting meetings with those working for the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.