US President Donald Trump speaks to the media after announcing and first deal with China in the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC prior to leaving to Lake Charles, Lousiana to hold a campaign rally on October 11, 2019.
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President Donald Trump defended his lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Saturday following a media report revealed that federal prosecutors are investigating whether the former New York mayor broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.
“So now they are after the legendary ‘crime buster’ and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer.”
Researchers in Manhattan after analyzing Giuliani’s attempts to undermine the American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and when he broke laws in place to stop foreign influence on the government.
The analysis of Giuliani increases the stakes of the Ukraine scandal for Trump, who’s facing an impeachment inquiry because of his dealings with the nation.
The probe is tied to the case against two foreign-born Giuliani partners, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who have been arrested this week on campaign finance charges at an airport with one-way tickets from the country. They had been charged with conspiracy, lying to the Federal Election Commission and falsifying records.
The indictment also alleges that they made illegal contributions to a then-sitting U.S. congressman to be able to evade federal contribution limits, which Parnas had requested that congressman for help in getting the U.S. to eliminate Yovanovitch.
House Democrats directing an impeachment inquiry into Trump issued subpoenas to Parnas and Fruman on Thursday. The businessmen were ordered by leaders of three House committees to give documents and testify within the impeachment probe.
Giuliani has denied that he had some business dealings in Ukraine. However, he’s confessed that he and the partners worked with Ukrainian prosecutors to gather potentially harmful information regarding Yovanovitch and other Trump targets, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.