Giuliani denies asking Ukraine to investigate Biden, before admitting seconds later: "Of course I did!"
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and CNN's Chris Cuomo are going at it right now over a whistle blower story that alleges Trump made a "promise" while communicating with the leader of Ukraine involving opening up an investigation into Joe Biden, most likely for purposes of helping him in the 2020 election.
Rudy Giuliani is at the center of that mess, and Cuomo wanted to get to the bottom of it.
Cuomo: "Did you ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?"
Rudy Giuliani said no but only seconds later upon further questioning eventually admitted to it.
"Of course I did."
The two had quite a wild conversation.
Television theatrics aside, there's really never been a whistleblower case like this one before.
CNN's @ChrisCuomo: "Did you ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?"@RudyGiuliani: "Of course I did"— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) September 20, 2019
President Trump's attorney says he had spoken with a Ukrainian official about Joe Biden's possible role in that government's dismissal of a prosecutor who investigated Biden's son. pic.twitter.com/hqmqtmx2VW
Here's a short run down of the main issues: A U.S. intelligence official who had worked at the White House went to the inspector general of the intelligence community just two weeks after President Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying that a "promise" was made on the call by Trump.
Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani are being investigated by House Democrats for trying to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping Trump's re-election campaign. That promise was most likely withholding $250 million in aid. They are trying to get a full transcript of the call and everyone privy to that conversation.
House Democrats are being stonewalled by the Director of National Intelligence who is keeping the whistleblower's information secret. He simply won't release it and we don't know why. It's highly unusual.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) is warning of legal action if intelligence officials do not share the whistleblower complaint.
Someone, Schiff said, “is trying to manipulate the system to keep information about an urgent matter from the Congress … There certainly are a lot of indications that it was someone at a higher pay grade than the director of national intelligence.”