WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump defended his lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Saturday as a “legendary crime buster” and “great lawyer” after a media report that prosecutors are investigating whether or not the previous New York mayor broke lobbying legal guidelines in his dealings in Ukraine.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a marketing campaign rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
“So now they’re after the legendary ‘crime buster’ and best Mayor within the historical past of NYC, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump stated in an announcement on Twitter.
“He could appear somewhat tough across the edges typically, however he’s additionally a terrific man and great lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt occurring in USA. Deep State. Shameful!” he tweeted.
The New York Instances reported late on Friday that federal prosecutors in Manhattan had been investigating Giuliani’s actions concerning Ukraine as a part of a case involving two of his enterprise associates, Ukraine-born Lev Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman.
The 2 males, who helped Giuliani examine former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his businessman son Hunter, had been arrested on Thursday over what U.S. prosecutors known as a scheme to illegally funnel cash to a pro-Trump election committee and different political candidates.
Requested in regards to the Instances report, Giuliani advised Reuters: “I by no means did any lobbying for anybody. In the event that they need to ask me I’m completely happy to show it. However they haven’t.”
A spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace declined to remark.
Trump sowed confusion about his relationship with Giuliani on Friday, responding to a query about whether or not he was nonetheless his private lawyer: “I don’t know.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch advised a Home of Representatives impeachment inquiry in opposition to Trump on Friday that the president ousted her primarily based on “unfounded and false claims” after she got here below assault by Giuliani.
The inquiry is concentrated on a July 25 telephone name wherein Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to analyze the Bidens. Joe Biden is a number one rival in search of to face Trump within the 2020 presidential election.
Giuliani has accused Yovanovitch of blocking efforts to influence Ukraine to analyze the Bidens.
Reporting by David Morgan; Modifying by Sonya Hepinstall