- The Wall Street Journal revealed Friday that Trump had repeatedly asked the Ukrainian leader to work with Giuliani, and with William Barr, to investigate Hunter Biden for corruption.
- Giuliani reported in May his intention to travel to Kiev to boost that investigation, a trip he canceled due to the intense controversy caused by the announcement.
- Giuliani joined President-elect Trump's transition team as a security advisor, then the administration itself as Trump's personal lawyer.
Donald Trump places all his trust in his family. In to that narrow, intimate circle also enters Rudy Giuliani. He is the personal lawyer of the President of the United States, his main shield before the multitude of legal fronts that stalk him. He was also known as “America’s Mayor”— he was the Mayor of New York City during 9/11. Now, Giuliani is a key piece in the impeachment process that could remove the Republican president from the White House for having asked his counterpart from Ukraine this summer, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, now a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2020 elections.
The name of Rudy Giuliani, 75, was at the center of the scandal last Friday, when The Wall Street Journal revealed that Trump had repeatedly asked the Ukrainian leader to work with his lawyer, and with the Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, to investigate Hunter Biden for corruption. Hunter is the second son of the former Democratic Vice President.
Giuliani reported in May his intention to travel to Kiev to boost that investigation, a trip he canceled due to the intense controversy caused by the announcement. Giuliani acknowledges that he met the adviser to the president of Ukraine on August 3 in Madrid. In his reconstruction of the facts, however, he states that it was the State Department that asked him to go on this “mission.”
As Mayor of New York City (1994-2001), Giuliani, a Republican, became a kind of hero for Americans in the hours following al-Qaeda’s attacks on the Twin Towers in September 2001. It was not only because of how he managed the crisis, but for the message of unity that he launched at a time of maximum vulnerability and pain for the entire nation.
He was a very controversial figure for his hard hand against crime. No one questions that his management during the 1990s allowed for the revitalizing of the city’s economy. With his image all the way up after 9/11, he tried his luck to get a seat in the Senate but left the race due to prostate cancer. He founded the security firm Giuliani Partners, and was one of the key players in the reelection campaign of George W. Bush.
Despite being a Republican, he differed from the most conservative wing of the party on issues such as LGBT rights, gun control, and abortion. With these characteristics, he formed a presidential exploratory committee to run for the Republican nomination in 2008. His story, however, changed suddenly. His leadership began to be questioned after the fateful 9/11 attacks, and he left the campaign early.
Giuliani then joined President-elect Trump’s transition team as a security advisor. A year later, he became his legal advisor. He left his firm to concentrate on working exclusively for the president during the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He always denied that there was “collusion” during the campaign.
He thus became a specialist in taking out garbage from the adversaries of the president. Rudy Giuliani is more than a fixer, a problem solver, and always has an escape route. The US Congress’ investigation will determine if the Administration really got into this game and if Giuliani used it to knock down a political opponent. That would look like a big betrayal.