Giuliani’s suspicion, which had been in contact with Ukrainian representatives for months, was that Biden had tried, as Vice President, to protect his son from Ukrainian corruption investigations. Hunter Biden used to work for the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. To date, Trump and Giuliani have not provided any evidence for their suspicions.
Just a few days after the phone call, Giuliani met with Selenskyj advisor Andrej Jermak in Madrid – it was again about the Bidens. Giuliani asserts to this day, however, that everything was clean both in his contacts in the Ukraine and in Trump. The president was obliged by the constitution to investigate the corruption allegations against the Bidens, he claims.
According to the anonymous informant who started the Ukraine affair, Giuliani’s secondary foreign policy was followed with irritation by numerous government employees. They were “deeply concerned” that Giuliani had circumvented the official “decision-making process on national security,” the informant reported. Giuliani assures, however, that his Ukraine activities were carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Giuliani once sharpened his profile after the attacks in New York
In any case, in the twilight of the Ukraine affair, the times seem forever when Giuliani was revered as a figure of light. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the then New York mayor excelled as a level-headed crisis manager. The talk queen Oprah Winfrey ennobled him as “Mayor of America”.
Today, however, Giuliani is a figure who attracts a lot of ridicule – not least because of his often erratic television appearances. Giuliani has been a stimulus for Trump opponents since he vehemently worked for today’s president in the 2016 election campaign.
Giuliani then hoped to be rewarded with the post of Foreign Minister. The fact that Trump refused him the job apparently did not cause any deeper damage in their relationship. In April 2018, Trump hired the former prosecutor as his private attorney.
In this role, Giuliani challenged the investigations by special investigator Robert Mueller into the Russia contacts of Trump’s former campaign team. The fact that these investigations had no major consequences for the president should have further strengthened the bond between Trump and Giuliani.
However, the fact that the Ukraine affair Trump is likely to break into impeachment proceedings instead could possibly put a lot of strain on this bond. A government official quoted by the Washington Post said that Giuliani was responsible for the whole Ukraine mess: “Rudy – he did it all.”