President Trump’s Lawyer Giuliani Cancels Ukraine Trip

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani wants Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's son

Several Democrats took to social media to say they were appalled Giuliani was openly cultivating a relationship with foreign entities to try to discredit a potential 2020 presidential rival, on the heels of investigations by Mueller and Congress into contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.

"I've decided. I'm not going to go to the Ukraine", Giuliani told Fox News Friday night. The fact that we're not even done with this investigation of the last foreign interference in our election and Giuliani, apparently with the president's - at least initially (ph) - knowledge and blessing, was going to get the help of another foreign government in a presidential election.

Giuliani had said last week that he would travel to Kiev in coming days to urge the government to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's recently concluded probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, and the involvement of former Vice President Joe Biden's son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. At the time of his firing, the prosecutor was reportedly investigating alleged corruption by a company at which Hunter Biden was a board member.

"The meeting would have accomplished little and may be in the hands of those who might misrepresent it", Giuliani said Saturday in a statement.

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The trip raised the specter of a lawyer for Mr. Trump pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that his allies hope could help him win re-election. And the president told Politico on Friday it would be appropriate for him to discuss a probe of Biden with the attorney general. "I think it's reprehensible".

In New Hampshire, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Giuliani's proposed trip to Ukraine was "so very troubling, very disappointing, and yet not a total surprise, given this President's behavior and the pattern that he'd already set".

Mr. Giuliani said he had been planning for several weeks to travel to Kyiv to deliver a paid speech to a Jewish group about Middle East policy.

Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke were among the 2020 Democratic contenders to express concern about Giuliani's efforts. According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, Trump, met with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office in October 2017 and "asked him to "take [a] look" at investigating" Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival in 2016.

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"We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do", he told the newspaper.

On "This Week", Schiff referenced Mueller's investigation, questioning if there was "something wrong with" Giuliani and the president for thinking this wouldn't be inappropriate.

Giuliani had said earlier that he would to travel to Kiev in coming days to urge the government to investigate the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller's recently concluded probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and the involvement of former Vice President Joe Biden's son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. "He said some people might think it's improper".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that Congress should take up legislation banning political campaigns from working with foreign governments in an effort to influence USA elections.

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