Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, said he would be traveling to Ukraine soon to encourage the newly elected government to investigate relationships between presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden’s son, Hunter, and a wealthy Ukrainian gas company owner, The New York Times reported Thursday.
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do. There’s nothing illegal about it,” Mr. Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, told The Times.
“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,” he said.
Mr. Giuliani added Mr. Trump was aware of this plan, saying he “basically knows what I’m doing, sure, as his lawyer.”
Mr. Biden, former vice president, is the Democratic front-runner in the polls.
Mr. Giuliani’s claims that then-Vice President Biden intervened in Ukrainian politics in early 2016 to help his son’s business have been invalidated by at least one Ukrainian official, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.