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Giuliani tried ó of doing business with Ukraine while seeking information against the Biden, according to the ‘NYT’

November 28, 2019
El abogado personal de Trump y exalcalde de Nueva York Rudy Giuliani.

Trump's personal lawyer and New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. – JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS – Archive


Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, tried to carry out a series of personal businesses valued in thousands of dollars with high Ukrainian positions while seeking information for the American leader against former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as reported on Wednesday by the local newspaper 'The New York Times'.

The information has come to light now that the lawyer of the New York tycoon is being interrogated for his work for the Trump Administration following the complaint filed by an anonymous informant about a telephone call held on July 25 between the US president and his counterpart Ukrainian, Volodimir Zelenski, an issue that is now at the center of the impeachment process opened against Trump.

As the complaint indicates, the president committed an abuse of power by pressing the Ukrainian president to request the Prosecutor's Office to investigate the Biden in the face of the presidential elections scheduled for 2020 in exchange for the military aid that had been previously retained.

Sources close to the matter have revealed to the aforementioned newspaper that Giuliani, as well as other lawyers, repeatedly tried to do business with high Ukrainian positions. One of the proposals signed by Giuliani himself in February directly involves the Ministry of Justice, according to the documents to which the 'New York Times' has had access.

In this regard, the former mayor of New York would have helped Kiev in exchange for about $ 300,000 in payments made to his company. The lawyer, for his part, has insisted that the high Ukrainian positions were those who approached him to hire him personally, a suggestion he would have rejected.

Already in mid-November, several federal prosecutors in the United States began investigating whether Giuliani personally benefited from gas businesses in Ukraine driven by people from his circle.

According to information provided by the American newspaper 'The Wall Street Journal', the investigation by New York prosecutors addressed whether it violated federal laws regulating lobbies and possible violations of campaign finance laws.

The people associated with Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, created a company and presented to the Ukrainian authorities a plan for a pipeline between Poland and Ukraine, stating that the project had support from the White House.

Thus, Parnas and Fruman would have informed Kiev that Giuliani was a partner in the project, something that has been rejected by the lawyer, who has also said that he has no news about a possible investigation in this regard. According to one of his lawyers, “he was never a partner” in that company.

The figure of Giuliani has become controversial following the investigations carried out by the House of Representatives commissions in the context of the impeachment process against Trump.

Several witnesses have appeared on their participation in the Ukrainian network, including the US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, who has indicated that there was a 'quid pro quo' promoted by Giuliani himself following the “express indications of the president “.

The former US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker also attacked Giuliani during his appearance before the House and said that the words of Trump's lawyer, with whom he worked directly, on Ukraine were a “problem.”

In turn, the head of Russia in the National Security Council and adviser to the White House, Tim Morrison, expressed concern about the actions of Giuliani.

On the other hand, former US National Security advisor John Bolton warned of the recklessness of the magnate's personal lawyer, whom he would have compared with a “hand grenade.”

Bolton, who would have had a strong discussion with which he would become the country's ambassador to the European Union, described Giuliani as a “hand grenade that was going to blow them all up.”