Trump de­fends Gi­u­liani, re­port­edly un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Satur­day stood be­hind per­sonal at­tor­ney Rudy Gi­u­liani, one of his high­est-pro­file and most vo­cal de­fend­ers, amid re­ports that fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in the city Gi­u­liani led as mayor are eye­ing him for pos­si­ble lob­by­ing vi­o­la­tions.

Be­hind the scenes, how­ever, many of Trump’s clos­est aides and ad­vis­ers, in­side and out­side the White House, qui­etly wish the pres­i­dent would cut ties with Gi­u­liani, whose lead­er­ship of New York af­ter the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks earned him world­wide ad­mi­ra­tion and the moniker of “Amer­ica’s mayor.”

Gi­u­liani was a force in Trump’s de­fense dur­ing the lengthy Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the spe­cial coun­sel. Yet the ef­fort to un­der­mine spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller led Gi­u­liani to Ukraine, which now en­tan­gles the for­mer fed­eral prose­cu­tor and mayor in le­gal jeop­ardy and is cen­tral to the dan­ger threat­en­ing the pres­i­dency he la­bored to pro­tect.

The New York Times re­ported Fri­day, cit­ing a pair of anony­mous sources fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter, that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is linked to Gi­u­liani’s ef­forts to un­der­mine Marie Yo­vanovitch, for­merly the U.S. am­bas­sador to Ukraine. The U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Man­hat­tan has de­clined to com­ment on the Times re­port.

Two Florida busi­ness­men with ties to Gi­u­liani were charged Thurs­day with fed­eral cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions. Both played key roles in Gi­u­liani’s ef­forts to get Ukraine to launch a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial con­tender Joe Bi­den and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a gas com­pany there.

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