Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a previously unseen letter that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani sent to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in May.
- In the letter, Giuliani requested a meeting with Zelensky and emphasized he was acting in his capacity as Trump’s personal lawyer.
- One day before Giuliani wrote the letter, The New York Times reported that he wanted to meet with Ukrainian officials to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter.
- Trump has said his request for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens was linked to an interest in rooting out corruption, which would be in the US’s national interest.
- But Giuliani’s letter directly undermines that, as it specifies he was acting as Trump’s private attorney; in other words, he was representing the president’s personal political interests and not the country’s interests.