Trump lawyer Giuliani threatens, then abandons, Ukraine trip

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President Donald Trump listens during a event on medical billing in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Evan Vucci AP President Donald Trump listens during a event on medical billing in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani canceled a trip to Ukraine on May 11, saying he changed his mind after learning that his planned meetings were set up by a group of Ukrainians who are "enemies" of Trump.

Mr. Giuliani's plans create the remarkable scene of a lawyer for the president of the United States pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that Mr. Trump's allies hope could help him in his re-election campaign.

But in a Friday night interview with Fox News, Giuliani said he won't go to Ukraine, "in order to remove any political suggestion".

Earlier in the day Giuliani said in a statement that he would push during an upcoming visit to Kiev investigations into presidential candidate Joe Biden's role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating businesses involving his son Hunter Biden.

Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter Friday to explain his rationale for traveling to Kiev to push for two probes.

With the special counsel investigation now ended, the Justice Department has turned to looking into the origins of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016. The episode has come under the spotlight in the last week because at one point, the prosecutor had been investigating a natural gas company where Hunter Biden sat on the board and received substantial compensation.

"We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do", Mr. Giuliani said in an interview with The New York Times. Chris Murphy, who have pushed back on Giuliani and the Biden-Ukraine story in general.

Democrats took aim at Giuliani for planning the trip at all.

Giuliani said he has concluded that Ukraine's president-elect is being advised by people who were the "very vocal opponents of President Trump and peculiarly vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton".

"It's stunning that the Trump administration is going down the same tragic path they did in 2016 seeking help from a foreign government again to influence an American presidential election". The eye forced Mr. Manafort to resign from the Trump advertising and marketing campaign, but allies of the Ukrainian officials fervent beget denied that they acted improperly to profit Mrs. Clinton's advertising and marketing campaign. Usually, when the president talks about the Times, it is to attack the paper as "failing" or part of the 'fake news'.

Leshchenko, however, said Ukraine's prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, had misled Giuliani.

"I gave up predicting the future after leaving the CIA", Gates said, adding that he is "disappointed Republicans don't stand up [to Trump] more often for traditional Republican values" including fiscal discipline, internationalism, and trade. But I have not done that as of yet, Trump told Politico. "Somebody could say it's improper".

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

President Trump criticizes democrat party officials for their soft stance on China. The president's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, is now serving a 7 1/2 year sentence for money laundering and other charges tied to his work on behalf of a pro-Moscow Ukrainian government.

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