On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s name was dragged in the ongoing controversy surrounding Democratic hopeful Joe Biden and Ukrainian government after Rudy Giuliani stated that he had acted “at the request of the State Department”.
The President’s personal lawyer revealed that Pompeo was very much aware about him pressurizing the Ukrainian government to launch a probe against former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
“I have all of the text messages to prove it,” Giuliani said. “And, I also have a ‘thank you’ from them from doing a good job.”
Following the release of a whistleblower complaint that prompted an impeachment inquiry against the President, a former US envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker’s name was also highlighted for reaching out to Giuliani to “contain the damage” of his dealings with Ukraine.
Rudy Giuliani confirmed to have met Andriy Yermak, a close aide to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, after Volker set the meeting. Post the meeting, Giuliani briefed Volker and Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union, about his meeting with Yermak.
While the State Department has given a confirmation on Volker facilitating the meeting between Giuliani and Yermak, but the department declined to give any heat to the attorney’s claims.
Following the accusations going public, Volker resigned as special envoy. However, the Democrats have vowed to make Volker testify under the impeachment inquiry.
The impeachment inquiry is now expected to intensify with Rudy Giuliani’s new claims and undying impeachment calls from congressional Democrats.
On the other hand, former Ukrainian prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko has said that Ukraine has no reason to investigate Trump’s political opponent Biden.
“I don’t know any reason to investigate Joe Biden or Hunter Biden according to Ukrainian law,” Lutsenko said.
He further added that any investigation against Biden and his son would have to be launched in the US only. He also added that his country doesn’t even plan to investigate Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, where Hunter was employed. Hunter became a director at Burisma in 2014, when Joe Biden held the position of Vice President under former President Barack Obama.
“It is the jurisdiction of the US,” he said, adding that any “possible embezzlement” at Burisma “happened two or three years before Hunter Biden became a member of the board.”
Lutsenko told BBC that he met Rudy Giuliani, who pressed him to investigate Biden and his son in Ukraine. Lutsenko told Giuliani that it wasn’t under Ukrainian jurisdiction, but agreed to provide all official information in case a request from the US comes.
Rudy Giuliani asserted that Pompeo was always aware about his outreach to Ukraine, but now the State Department is trying belittle Volker’s effort in his outreach.
“When I spoke to the secretary last week, I said, ‘Are you aware of this?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I know about this,” Giuliani said during CBS News’ ‘Face The Nation’. “The State Department is running away from me,” he added.