Giuliani says he is not going to Ukraine



Mr. Giuliani has been working on the trouble with assorted allies of Mr. Trump whose involvement has no longer been previously reported, along with Victoria Toensing, a attorney who used to be named final year, along along with her husband, as piece of the biggest team representing the president within the special counsel's investigation.

"My objective was to share information to assist their on-going investigation of Ukrainian officials being used by Americans to gather information to assist Clinton in last election and to alert them to the very real dangers that there are people involved in the investigation ... who are attempting to shut it down before it reaches a conclusion", Giuliani said in a statement.

Earlier on Friday, Giuliani had defended going to Ukraine to press the country's leadership for an investigation into Biden's call to remove a top Ukrainian official in 2016, when Biden was vice president.

"We have come to a very sorry state when it is considered OK for an American politician, never mind an attorney for the president, to go and seek foreign intervention in American politics", Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY told reporters Friday.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters at Trump Tower, January 12, 2017 in New York City. Election is 17 months away.

The alleged Biden conflict of interest questions that Giuliani and the president have referenced involves the then-vice president's 2016 call for Ukraine to crack down on corruption, including removing a Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, seen as ineffective.

Schiff told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that if Trump wants to "go after" Biden, an early front-runner in the Democratic primary, he can do that, but "don't seek the help of a foreign government in your election".

Giuliani also pointed to a case in which Joe Biden improperly pressured Ukrainian officials to fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in March 2016, and says that he would welcome a Congressional hearing into the scandals. That attention forced Manafort to resign from the campaign, and he was later convicted of financial crimes and sentenced to prison. "I hope for (Biden) it is fake news".

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

While his Kiev excursion may be canceled, Giuliani has reportedly already met with Ukrainian officials in the U.S. regarding leaks about former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's business dealings in Ukraine. In addition, representatives of the Democratic Party would like to ask Mueller about whether Trump obstructed his investigation.

Trump's re-election campaign distanced itself from Giuliani's efforts, saying it had nothing to do with the lawyer's inquiry.

In the Times' original report about the Kiev visit, Giuliani said: "We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do". There is no evidence that Biden's conduct was improper and at least one expert has said the accusations don't hold up.