NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani told then-newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in May that he was acting with President Donald Trump’s explicit “consent” while aggressively pushing the European country to open dubious investigations of Joe Biden and other Democrats, according to newly unearthed records.
The ex-New York mayor made the point in a May 10 letter to Zelenskiy that was included in a batch of records from ex-Giuliani associate Lev Parnas released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday night — just one day before the chamber was expected to pass along the impeachment articles against Trump to the Senate for trial.
In the letter, Giuliani congratulated Zelenskiy on his “truly impressive victory” and said he has “a great fondness for your country.”
“However, I have a more specific request,” Giuliani wrote. “In my capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent, I request a meeting with you … I will be accompanied by my colleague Victoria Toensig, a distinguished American attorney who is very familiar with this matter.”
Giuliani did not elaborate in the letter.
However, at the time, Giuliani was actively pushing the incoming Ukrainian administration through various means to open up investigations into baseless corruption accusations against Biden as well as a debunked, Russia-promoted conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.
Giuliani was also openly telling media outlets at the time that he was traveling to Ukraine to “meddle in an investigation” into a Ukrainian gas company on whose board Biden’s son, Hunter, once sat. The investigation had been closed, but in interviews, Giuliani said he wanted to persuade Ukraine to reopen it.
The ex-mayor-turned-Trump attorney ended up canceling the trip amid backlash over revelations that he was going to dig for dirt on Biden, one of Trump’s most prominent Democratic 2020 challengers.
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