Biden camp responds after Giuliani's canceled trip to Ukraine

Erika Holt
May 14, 2019

The other is the involvement of Democratic candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter, on the board of a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

Within a year of the prosecutor's removal, Ukraine's new prosecutor general dismissed the case against the company, Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company controlled by one of Ukraine's top oligarchs.

Biden now has a 30 point lead over the next leading Democrat Vermont Senator and avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders. "I just want this investigated", Giuliani said.

Gates, who served as defense secretary for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, also said that he thinks that President Trump may be too old to be in office. Their motivation is to try to discredit the special counsel's investigation; undermine the case against Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's imprisoned former campaign chairman; and potentially to damage Mr. Biden, the early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Giuliani said he was calling off the trip because there were "enemies" of Trump on the team of Zelensky, a comedian with no previous political experience who toppled President Petro Poroshenko in a runoff election last month.

Giuliani revealed his intention to travel to Ukraine on behalf of his client in a Thursday interview with The New York Times, but by Friday night, that plan was canceled.

One hallmark of Giuliani's work for Trump is his shifting explanations, which can make following his story hard. It was shelved by Ukrainian prosecutors in 2014 and through 2015. During one such meeting, the current prosecutor said Giuliani 'called Mr. Trump excitedly to brief him on his findings, according to people familiar with the conversations'.

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Trump has repeatedly given mixed messages on US policy toward Russian Federation, including during a Fox Business Network interview this month in which he suggested that it was a "rumor" that Russian Federation had persuaded embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro not to flee the country - contradicting Pompeo's statement on the matter.

In a statement to ABC News on Saturday, Giuliani asserted that Ukraine's incoming president Zelensky was being advised by "very vocal opponents of" Trump.

"I will speak to him about it before he leaves".

"I think this was a setup", he added later.

The President echoed Giuliani's previous statements that the media is not paying enough attention to the story. Expect Republicans and his fellow Democrats to attack his proposal until Biden provides specifics.

Trump told Politico he has not discussed the potential issue with Attorney General William Barr and has not asked him to start an investigation into the Biden family. It can be argued that Biden is less vulnerable than Hillary Rodham Clinton was because nobody has a 25-year running head-start in creating a supervillain out of him, but I don't have much faith in that outcome. "We should have then used various other pressures to address these other issues". I haven't thought of that.

"It's great to see all these strong progressive voices stand up to this attempt at a blatantly political smear which in and of itself reflects the urgent need for change and to restore the soul of the country", a Biden campaign official told CNN.

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