Giuliani plans Ukraine trip to push for inquiries that could help Trump

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Giuliani to Visit Ukraine Amid Growing Scrutiny of Biden Origins of FBI Probe into Trump 7AP

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. Biden, who now leads the Democratic presidential polls, is seen as Trump's biggest threat in the president's 2020 re-election campaign.

Giuliani told told Fox News Friday night that he "was not going to go because he thinks he would be - quote - "walking into a group of people that are enemies of the some cases enemies of the United States".

The President took to Twitter on Sunday saying Beijing would embrace the election of Joe Biden as president in the 2020 General Elections.

Giuliani, however, argued that the meeting had been a "set up" by anti-Trump elements in the Ukrainian government and told Fox News on Friday that he cancelled because "it is all part of one large conspiracy that has a two or three parts to it. ..."

Giuliani first revealed his plans to The New York Times on May 9.

"Of course it's not appropriate [to discuss that]", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. "I am actually quite confident that the facts, with regard to vice president - former vice president - Biden are so compelling that there's no way he gets from here to the election, without this being investigated, OK?"

Mr. Giuliani's planned trip, which has not been previously reported, is part of a monthslong effort by the former NY mayor and a small group of Trump allies working to build interest in the Ukrainian inquiries. "I don't think it is". "Unfortunately, this is precisely what is now happening - thanks to President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani". "We've had enough of that and Rudy Giuliani should just back off", Warren said in West Virginia, according to CNN.

"We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do", Giuliani told The Times.

Giuliani's plan had seemed poised to create an unprecedented moment - a lawyer for the American president seeking foreign assistance in trying to damage political rivals.

Throughout the investigation, Giuliani attacked Mueller's credibility and often tried to change the public discourse by advancing conspiracy theories about the special counsel or Democratic investigators. There is no evidence that Biden's conduct was improper and at least one expert has said the accusations don't hold up. "And I'm going to give them reasons why they shouldn't stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government". "I'm just curious about that", Trump said, adding he has "not spoken to (Giuliani) at any great length" on the subject.

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