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Trump de­fends Gi­u­liani af­ter re­port of fed­eral probe

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WASH­ING­TON (Reuters) — US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­fended his at­tor­ney Rudy Gi­u­liani on Sat­ur­day as a “leg­endary crime buster” and “won­der­ful lawyer” af­ter a me­dia re­port that pros­e­cu­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the former New York mayor broke lob­by­ing laws in his deal­ings in Ukraine.

“So now they are af­ter the leg­endary ‘crime buster’ and great­est Mayor in the his­tory of NYC, Rudy Gi­u­liani,” Trump said in a state­ment on Twit­ter.

“He may seem a lit­tle rough around the edges some­times, but he is also a great guy and won­der­ful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt go­ing on in USA. Deep State. Shame­ful!” he tweeted.

The New York Times re­ported late on Fri­day that fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in Man­hat­tan were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Gi­u­liani’s ac­tions re­gard­ing Ukraine as part of a case in­volv­ing two of his busi­ness as­so­ciates, Ukraine-born Lev Par­nas and Be­larus­born Igor Fru­man.

The two men, who helped Gi­u­liani in­ves­ti­gate former Demo­cratic Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den and his busi­ness­man son Hunter, were ar­rested on Thurs­day over what US pros­e­cu­tors called a scheme to il­le­gally fun­nel money to a pro-Trump elec­tion com­mit­tee and other po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates.

Asked about the Times re­port, Gi­u­liani told Reuters: “I never did any lob­by­ing for any­one. If they want to ask me I’m happy to prove it. But they haven’t.”

A spokesman for the Man­hat­tan US At­tor­ney’s Of­fice de­clined to com­ment.

Trump sowed con­fu­sion about his re­la­tion­ship with Gi­u­liani on Fri­day, re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about whether he was still his per­sonal at­tor­ney: “I don’t know.”

Former US Am­bas­sador to Ukraine Marie Yo­vanovitch told a House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives im­peach­ment in­quiry against Trump on Fri­day that the pres­i­dent ousted her based on “un­founded and false claims” af­ter she came un­der at­tack by Gi­u­liani.

The in­quiry is fo­cused on a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­sky to in­ves­ti­gate the Bi­dens.

Joe Bi­den is a lead­ing ri­val seek­ing to face Trump in the 2020 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Gi­u­liani has ac­cused Yo­vanovitch of block­ing ef­forts to per­suade Ukraine to in­ves­ti­gate the Bi­dens.

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