Giuliani Aims to Brief DOJ and Senate GOP on Recent Ukraine Findings

‘I hear he has found plenty…’

Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian lawmaker Adriii Derkach / PHOTO Adriii Derkach’s press office via AP

(Associated Press) Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said Tuesday that the president asked him to brief the Justice Department and Republican senators on the findings of his recent trip to Ukraine.

Giuliani indicated he would aim to do so by week’s end but did not provide details. He would not discuss the contents of his findings.

Giuliani’s trip last week prompted concern from many White House officials, some of whom blame the lawyer for ensnaring Trump in the Ukraine affair that has led to articles of impeachment.

As special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation wound down earlier this year, Giuliani began pushing the belief that Ukraine may have also attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.

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The former New York City mayor also wanted to bring attention to the work that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter did in Ukraine and urged Trump to demand Kiev investigate.

Even as impeachment swirled, Giuliani stunned Washington by traveling to Ukraine this month to further his probe. The surprise journey drew condemnation from some who believed the sojourn to Kiev drew unwanted scrutiny ahead of the impeachment vote. Trump, though, appeared to praise the trip when talking to reporters in recent days.

“He says he has a lot of good information,” Trump said Saturday. “I hear he has found plenty.”

But the venue for Giuliani’s debriefing is uncertain. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a staunch Trump ally, has said he had no plans for Giuliani to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has launched an inquiry into Joe Biden and his communications with Ukrainian officials.

Meanwhile, Giuliani has alienated many in Trump’s orbit, including Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both of whom have told West Wing aides that the attention-seeking former mayor had become a liability to Trump.

But while Trump has at times grown frustrated with Giuliani’s faux pas, he has told people close to him that he appreciates the former mayor’s willingness to defend him on television and his aggressive pursuit of corruption. He has also repeatedly told reporters that the former prosecutor was the nation’s greatest crime fighter.

Giuliani returned Saturday from a trip that took him to Ukraine, Hungary and Austria, where he said he was looking for documents and witnesses to support claims about Hunter Biden and Ukraine’s role in the 2016 election.

He was accompanied by correspondents from the conservative One America News Network, which is producing a documentary about his work.

Giuliani outlined the details of his trip hours after House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against Trump, declaring his actions toward Ukraine “betrayed the nation” as they pushed toward proceedings that are certain to shape the 2020 election.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of impeachment inquiry committees at the U.S. Capitol, said they were upholding their solemn oath to defend the Constitution.

Trump responded on Twitter: “WITCH HUNT!”