The role of the Trump Giuliani lawyer is highlighted in the Ukraine scandal


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump directed senior officials in the United States to speak directly to his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, about US policy in Ukraine, and concerns that the president was outsourcing foreign policy to a private citizen, to the US ambassador to the European Union said Thursday.

US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland comes on Capitol Hill before giving evidence for a conference behind closed doors, as part of the high nutrition inquiry led by the House Information, Foreign Affairs and Home Oversight and Reform Committee in Washington. , USA, October 17, 2019. REUTERS / Tom Brenner

The delegate, Gordon Sondland, told lawmakers in an investigation that the House of Representatives had gone against Trump that he had not understood “until much later” that Ukraine might have been subjected to a deputy t President Joe Biden to investigate in Giuliani's work program.

As evidence of the democracy-led inquiry, Sondland said foreign policy should be part of the State Department, rather than the president's personal lawyer.

Sondland, a former political donor of Trump, said, “it would be wrong to invite a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing a forthcoming US election.” T

His evidence emphasized Giuliani's central role in the scandal in Ukraine. The inquiry centers for a request from Trump on a phone call in July contend that President Bode, Volodymyr Zelenskiy investigates Biden, a major contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to address Trump. Before that request, Giuliani was working to investigate such an engineering.

The Democratic Party has charged Trump for putting pressure on a vulnerable colleague to dig dirt on a domestic political opponent, unduly inviting an alien into an American election.

The inquiry into a determination – known as sincerity – could lead to a formal inquiry which would trigger a trial in the Seanad about the removal of Trump. The Trump is controlled by the Trump Republicans, who have little understanding of its removal.

Sondland said, on May 23, three days after Zelenskiy's inauguration, US officials attended the Trump and detailed key relationships in the White House.

The ambassador said that the officials who took part in the meeting stressed the strategic importance of Ukraine and the importance of relations with Zelenskiy, who asked him to plan a corrupt reformer.

“We asked the White House to organize a working phone call from President Trump and a work visit from the Oval Office. However, President Trump was suspicious that Ukraine was serious about reform and anti-corruption, and he ordered those who attended the meeting to speak to Mr Giuliani, his personal attorney, about his anxiety, ”He said.

“It was clear to us all that Mr Giuliani was the key to change the President's mind,” he said.

Sondland is the latest witness to talk to law-makers about his knowledge of Trump's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate Biden. Trump withdrew $ 391 million in military aid to Ukraine before making the application.

“Please be aware that it would not be recommended that Mr Giuliani or any private citizen be involved in these foreign policy matters,” said Sondland, but said that “Trump's“ explicit direction ”was that we agreed as President. Trump steering. ”

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Sondland said that Ukraine was part of its wider work since taking up the post in June 2018. He said he had never been part of a campaign to remove the United States ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Ukraine was recalled from the post in May at Trump.

“I found her to be an outstanding diplomat who had a great enthusiasm for the internal dynamics of Ukraine, U-Ukraine relations, and related regional issues,” said Sondland.

Yovanovitch appeared before the clearance inquiry last Friday, telling lawmakers that Trump liked her based on “unfounded and false claims” after her Giuliani had been attacked. Giuliani has accused Yovanovitch of blocking efforts to Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who was a director of a Ukrainian energy company.

Trump has accused the Bidens of charuption associated with Ukraine without offering evidence. The Bidens denied any wrongdoing.

Sondland said that he had not fully understood in late May what Giuliani meant about Ukraine.

“I didn't understand, until much later, that Mr Giuliani's work program could have encouraged the Ukrainians to explore Vice President Biden or his son or to attract Ukrainians, to directly or indirectly, in the President 2020 reconciliation campaign, ”said Sondland.

Sondland said he was not on July 25 call between Trump and the Ukrainian leader, who did not know about the president's request for the Biden investigation – and he did not see a transcript until two months later, when the White House summarized on the public call.

“Neither Burisma nor the former Vice President Biden had any mention of any of the short and general call summaries that I received or even that President Trump recommended any request from President Zelensky,” said Sondland.

Sondland said he later recalled to speak to Giuliani “two or three times” by phone about Ukraine.

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“In these short conversations, Mr Giuliani stressed that the President wanted to get a public statement from President Zelensky committing Ukraine to look at anti-corruption issues,” said Sondland. "Mr. Giuliani specifically mentioned the 2016 election (including the DNC server) and Burisma as two anti-corruption investigation matters of importance to the President."

The issue of “DNC server” refers to a conspiracy theory that was dismissed by Ukraine and Russia for the 2016 election and that a Democratic Party computer server was held somewhere in Ukraine.

One of the legislators was in charge of the collision inquiry, Representative of Democratic Democrats Elijah Cummings, after dying at the age of 68, said his office Thursday. Cummings chaired the House Oversight and Reform Committee. His office said that the colleague had died “due to long-standing health challenges.” T

Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Additional reporting by Brendan Pierson and Jonathan Landay; Jeff Mason and Will Dunham wrote; Edited by Peter Cooney and Alistair Bell

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