Giuliani now says he won't press Biden investigation in Ukraine

Giuliani now says he won't press Biden investigation in Ukraine

"I'm not going to go because I think I'm walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president, in some cases, enemies of the United States".

Earlier, Giuliani had said he would to travel to Kiev in the coming days to urge the Ukrainian government to conduct a pair of investigations: one on the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller's recently concluded investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the other on the involvement of former Vice President Joe Biden's son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

In the wide-ranging interview broadcast Sunday morning, Gates tackled a series of issues and said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is "not case closed".

One investigation that has attracted Trump and Giuliani's interest involves a Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served while his father was vice president.

Giuliani had told CNN earlier Friday that the trip to Ukraine to seek to influence potential investigations would not have been meddling because the 2020 election is more than a year away.

In an interview with "Face the Nation", Gates said candidates in their late seventies - like former Vice President Joe Biden, who is 76, and Sen.

Democrats rushed to denounce Giuliani. "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". The eye forced Mr. Manafort to resign from the Trump advertising and marketing campaign, but allies of the Ukrainian officials fervent beget denied that they acted improperly to profit Mrs. Clinton's advertising and marketing campaign.

A spokesperson for Biden told The New York Times, and later ABC News, that Biden's push to remove the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was made "without any regard for how it would or would not impact any business interests of his son, a private citizen" and was all part of a broadly-supported us effort "to root out corruption in Ukraine".

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Gates's comments come on the same day that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to press Putin on the issue during their scheduled meeting this week in Sochi, Russia. "I hope for (Biden) it is fake news".

"And his defense that he's not seeking a foreign government's help in the election, just an investigation - yes, it's an investigation created to affect one of the candidates they fear the most".

"I think he should've said, 'We've had this discussion, the evidence is in and don't ever do this again or there will be consequences for Russian Federation, ' " he told host Margaret Brennan.

"I think this was a setup", he added later.

President Trump says officials in Beijing "LOVE ripping off" America and democrats could help them do just that.

Another probe focuses on whether Ukrainian officials tried to benefit Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign by targeting Paul Manafort's business dealings in the country. In addition, representatives of the Democratic Party would like to ask Mueller about whether Trump obstructed his investigation.

In the Times article, Giuliani argued he's not acting illegally, though he admitted, "somebody could say it's improper".

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