President Donald Trump defended his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, during a Friday morning interview on Fox News.
Trump said that it was necessary for Giuliani to work on Ukrainian matters because he didn’t know U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker or U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland well enough to trust them on the issue.
“First of all, Volker, I don’t know him, don’t know him,” the president stated. “This guy, Sondland, hardly know him. I had a couple conversations with him. I see him hanging around when I go to Europe but he was really, the European Union Ambassador. All of sudden he is working on this, asking about that.”
The president went on to call the former New York City mayor “a great crime fighter.” (RELATED: Impeachment, Dem Debate, Hunter Biden’s Love Child, Oh My! Get The Details In An Editors Live Chat)
“Rudy is the best mayor in the history of New York City,” POTUS continued. “Rudy Giuliani is a very legendary figure in our country. Rudy was the U.S. attorney. He also worked at the Justice Department. Believe me this kind of crap wouldn’t have happened in the Justice Department if Rudy Giuliani was the attorney general.”
“Rudy Giuliani was one of the great crime fighters of all time,” Trump stated before calling Giuliani “a friend.”
“He was the greatest crime fighter probably in the last 50 years. When you’re dealing with a corrupt country if Rudy Giuliani — and he has got credentials because of his reputation — when you hear Rudy Giuliani goes there, and yu hear that it is a corrupt country, it means a lot.”
Sondland, Volker, former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council Fiona Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman all testified that Rudy Giuliani claimed to be acting on the president’s orders while operating in Ukraine. Giuliani allegedly dangled a potential White House meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for Ukraine to announce investigations into Burisma and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
He is reportedly the target of a federal investigation for campaign finance violations and failing to register as a foreign agent in relation to his actions in Ukraine. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two of Giuliani’s foreign-born associates, were indicted on campaign finance violations relating to their work with Giuliani.