Damn, the desperation is palpable.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani had a lengthy meeting last week with a former Ukrainian diplomat as part of aggressive efforts aimed at gathering information to undermine Democrats in the United States.
The Ukrainian, Andrii Telizhenko, has made unproven claims that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Kiev government in 2016 to dig up incriminating information about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was sentenced in March to more than seven years in prison on conspiracy and fraud charges. The DNC has denied Telizhenko’s claims.
“He was in Washington and he came up to New York, and we spent most of the afternoon together,” Giuliani said in an interview, referring to his meeting with Telizhenko.
Giuliani declined to say what the two men discussed. “I can’t tell you a thing about the meeting,” he said. “When I have something to say, I’ll say it.”
Telizhenko confirmed the meeting but declined to offer an extensive summary. “We spoke on U.S.-Ukraine relations and politics in D.C. and Ukraine,” he said.
You may remember that Giuliani abruptly canceled a “fact-finding” trip to Ukraine earlier this month.
Courtesy of IM:
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” Mr. Giuliani said in an interview on Thursday when asked about the parallel to the special counsel’s inquiry.
“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he said. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”
Mr. Giuliani’s planned trip, which has not been previously reported, is part of a monthslong effort by the former New York mayor and a small group of Trump allies working to build interest in the Ukrainian inquiries. Their motivation is to try to discredit the special counsel’s investigation; undermine the case against Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s imprisoned former campaign chairman; and potentially to damage Mr. Biden, the early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
It seems that Giuliani canceled this trip to ward off bad publicity.
But the fact that he still met with Telizhenko means that his boss is pissing his pants at the prospect of having to face off against Joe Biden in the general election.
Personally, I think he should be dampening his drawers over the prospect of facing off against ANY of the potential Democratic candidates.