The House Intelligence Committee recently released previously unseen documents that promise to intensify the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
The documents include one letter sent by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in May. The letter is dated May 10 and shows that Giuliani requested to meet with Zelensky in person sometime between May 13 and May 14.
Giuliani wrote, “Just to be precise, I represent him as a private citizen, not as President of the United States… This is quite common under American law because the duties and privileges of a President and a private citizen are not the same.”
The New York Times reported on May 9, that the former New York mayor wanted to meet with Ukrainian officials in order to discuss President Trump’s potentially toughest opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter.
He was urging the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into the Biden family’s involvement with the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings.
Giuliani told The Times, “We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do.”
Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives last month on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The Trump and Giuliani team effort to push Ukraine investigating the Bidens and Burisma is at the heart of the impeachment proceedings against the president.
The president, of course, has an excuse for why he would have wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens- he claims he was simply trying to expose corruption and would therefore be of interest to the country.
Giuliani’s letter, however, shows that he was actually acting as Trump’s attorney, meaning- he WAS representing the president’s personal interests, not the country’s.