'Weird': Congress reacts to Giuliani's latest Ukrainian venture

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

The Florida Republican's comments came after Trump told reporters Saturday that he believed Giuliani would deliver findings from his recent trip to Ukraine to Congress and Attorney General William Barr.

"I hear he's found plenty".

The president has forcefully defended his conduct with Ukraine, offering an inconsistent series of justifications as to why he withheld about $400 million in congressionally approved military aid from Kiev as he simultaneously urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch investigations into his political rivals.

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, has been traveling to Ukraine to pursue investigations into Trump's potential 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden and Biden's son, as well as a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 US election to help Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. "And he did get back from Europe just recently, and I know - he has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress and say - and also to the attorney general and the Department of Justice".

On Thursday, he met in Kyiv with Andrii Derkach, a member of Ukraine´s parliament who has promoted unsubstantiated claims against the Bidens.

Shokin and Kulyk have also made claims about Biden as well as other United States officials who are alleged to have disseminated damaging information about Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman.

Giuliani's role in Ukraine came up repeatedly in the impeachment hearings, and was portrayed by diplomats as running a shadow diplomacy to help his client by digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Giuliani was allegedly behind the eventual premature recall of then-US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who returned to the US several months before the end of her three-year assignment in Ukraine.

Andrii Artemenko was expelled from Ukraine's Radical Party and accused of treason by Ukrainian prosecutors in 2017 for meeting with President Trump's then-personal attorney Michael Cohen, and Russian-American businessman and former Trump associate Felix Sater in NY on January 27, and discussing a strategy that would permit Russia to lease Crimea for between 50-100 years. Derkach has been vocal in his assertions that Hunter Biden was the recipient of illegal funds while part of Ukrainian firm Burisma.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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