While President Donald Trump is embroiled in a growing political scandal over his actions against Ukraine, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that if the president did not ask the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, it would violate the constitution.
Trump "called them and said," I want you to investigate these allegations of corruption, "Giuliani told ABC" This Week. " "If he had not asked them to investigate Biden, he would have violated Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution."
This part of the Constitution includes a line stating that the president "must take care that the laws are enforced faithfully".
Giuliani took part in Sunday's political talk shows to defend his client amid a growing political scandal involving Trump's actions against Ukraine, including a July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump asked his Ukrainian colleague investigating the Biden family. Biden's son Hunter was on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company that had already been investigated by the former prosecutor of the country.
The subject is now the subject of a formal impeachment inquiry released by the House last week.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, attended the morning shows after a the whistleblower's complaint in the center of the scandal was released on Thursday detailingas White House staff were so worried what the president said in a July call with Zelenskiy that they intervened to "block" the conversation.
The whistleblower, whose name and gender was not disclosed, filed the formal complaint that he believed Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country" in the 2020 elections. The whistleblower relied on White House accounts and other US authorities in the complaint.
The White House released a summary of the president's discussion with Zelenskiy on Wednesday, showing that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate why the country's chief prosecutor apparently had ended an investigation by the gas company, whose advice at the time included Biden's son. Elsewhere on the call, Trump seemed to be asking Zelenskiy about the "CrowdStrike" denied conspiracy, which distances Russia from the blame for hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.
CrowdStrike is a cyber security company that investigated hackers of Democratic National Committee mail servers during the 2016 elections, and conspiracy theory shows its findings about Russia's hacking efforts as suspicious and politically motivated.
At the beginning of "This Week", former Trump homeland security consultant Tom Bossert, said the "CrowdStrike" theory was "unmasked" and criticized Giulianifor bringing the theory to the president. Giuliani responded by saying that Bossert did not know what he was talking about and that the lawyer "never sold" the theory to Trump.
"I never got involved with any theory that the Ukrainians invaded," said Giuliani. "In fact, when this was first introduced to me, I clearly understood that the Ukrainians did not hack, but that does not mean that Ukraine did nothing."
Regarding BidenGiuliani pressured Ukraine for months to investigate further the former vice-president, one of the top Democratic candidates for 2020 – a supported effort by the State Department. Giuliani's allegations of misconduct stem from Biden's appeal in 2016 – widely supported by the international community – for Ukraine to crack down on corruption, including the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was seen as ineffective and was later removed by parliament. from the country. One of the cases Shokin was investigating involved Burisma Holdings.
However, earlier this year, Bloomberg NewsCiting documents and an interview with a former Ukrainian official, Burisma's investigation had been dormant for over a year when Biden called for a crackdown on corruption. The then Attorney General of Ukraine told the news agency that he found no evidence of transgression by Biden and his son. PolitiFact, meanwhile, reported finding no evidence to "support the idea that Joe Biden defended with his son's interests."
Meanwhile, members of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund said Biden was justified in pushing for the removal of Shokin.
In his interview with "This Week," presenter George Stephanopoulos pointed to US and international leaders saying that Shokin was corrupt.
"Ah, everyone said," said Giuliani. "Does anyone prove it?"