As Rudy Giuliani became the center of impeachment inquiry hearings, the House Intelligence Committee released his phone records on Tuesday, which disclosed the former’s extensive communications with the White House and others related to the hearing.
The call details revealed that the President’s personal attorney was in continuous contact with the Office of Management and Budget as well as had interactions with Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and John Solomon since April.
Call logs also shed additional light on efforts to discredit former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who in her testimony during the impeachment hearings stated that the State Department told her in late April that she would be recalled from her post in Ukraine.
The logs revealed that while the White House officials sorted to finalize a meeting in Washington between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Rudy Giuliani was in contact with them for roughly two minutes, while 20 minutes later he exchanged texts with an unspecified White House phone number.
Later, Giuliani even got a call from the Office of Management and Budget which lasted for about 13 minutes. The call logs further revealed that a caller from an unidentified number, who tried to reach Giuliani several times in the span of about 60 seconds, connected with him for a call after 16 minutes that lasted just over four minutes.
In the meantime, Giuliani even phoned the White House switchboard and connected for 47 seconds. Though the contents of the calls remain largely unknown, the Democrats have been asserting it as an important revelation, alleging Rudy Giuliani of actively involving in the US’ effort to pressure Ukraine to pursue investigations that could benefit Republicans in the 2020 election run.
The call details of Rudy Giuliani have given a new direction to the impeachment inquiry, which alleges Trump of putting his personal political interests above the national interests of the country, while undermining the integrity of the presidential election process, and endangering national security.
In the wake of the impeachment inquiry, the House Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on Wednesday with constitutional law experts to discuss the basis for impeachable offenses.
The Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff declined to comment on the scenario, when asked about how the committee obtained the call records. He said the logs revealed “considerable coordination” from outside parties.
While the White House dismissed the report as the “ramblings of a basement blogger” and insisted there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the president, the Democrats are more focused on getting to the depth of the truth and Rudy Giuliani’s involvement in it.