The man who once acted as mayor of America is outlining the events of the Capitol Hill as details of his expansive role in the scandal fill public testimony.
Giuliani was ubiquitous, over the phone with Ukrainian officials, getting into US diplomatic meetings, sowing confusion and irritation about what he did, eyewitnesses said.
The pages of newly released testimony appear to cement the democratic cause that Trump is abusing his power by seeking political benefits from Ukraine. The president, however, insists he has done nothing wrong and rejects the latest findings.
The Julian Canal
Evidence of Giuliani's intimate involvement in the Ukraine scheme focuses on why the president has apparently been so eager to bypass accredited US diplomats and senior officials.  And on the day that Giuliani announces his own legal defense team, speculation is mounting about his own legal exposure and how the scandal will tarnish his own legacy.
"Even someone like Rudy Giuliani, who at one point was a pretty good lawyer, realizes that you need outside counsel," said CNN legal analyst Preet Bharara, who, like Giuliani, is a former U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, in CNN's Situation Room. [1 9659002] "I don't know that he's in real criminal danger, but at least when people start investigating you … you want some advice from you," he said.
The aftermath of Julian revelations will mean that Trump's attitude and mood in relation to his lawyer and the most vocal defender of cable television should be closely watched
If the president begins to create some distance between them, Giuliani will not be the first Trump lawyer to come across carrying the box for alleged misconduct on his
Most importantly, the noise from the disclosure about Giuliani raises the question of whether Congress will ever get to the bottom of what's happening in Ukraine without his
Giuliani saying in the mine lotto that he would like to testify. But it seems unlikely he would win much. But any attempt to avoid appearance, based on the privilege of a client-lawyer or executive privilege, would be a difficult legal sell-off given its unofficial role and strife in Europe – well beyond its dealings with Trump.
He may also exercise his right to avoid self-incrimination in view of the present criminal and counterintelligence investigation of his business transactions in Ukraine.
Giuliani rejects the idea that he enriches himself abroad through his associations with the president in conversation with CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin.
"I am in private law. I practice law honestly and well. I have never had a complaint. I have never had a problem in the 50 years of private law practice," he said.
Trump has defended Giuliani in recent weeks, but the president has a history of minimizing his dealings with former associates when they get into trouble. There is also the possibility of his lawyer becoming a useful scapegoat.
Recently, however, last month, Trump stood by his colleague New York.
"He is a great gentleman. He was a great mayor, one of them the greatest, perhaps the greatest mayor in New York history," Trump said. "He is a man who is looking for corruption … I know. that he is an honest man. "
" Talking to Rudy "
New York's ethos has been seen as a freelance scammer who tramples in Kiev in an attempt to suck up dollars for his private business and while expanding conspiracy theories for the 2016 election.
But it is clear that his role is
Testimonies show that Giuliani has created a powerful alternative diplomatic path that not only bypasses official US channels, but also actively impedes work for better US relations. and Ukraine.
White House officials say there is no clear evidence that Trump directly requested a quid pro quo with Ukraine, conditional on military aid and presidential visits from her 2020 Democratic Candidate Agreement. Joe Biden  But evidence shows that the president directly instructed Giuliani to conduct an off-the-books operation – that his personal lawyer was seeking political services from Kiev.
"He was just saying, Talk to Rudy, talk to Rudy," Sundland testifies.
This year, US diplomats gradually realized that Giuliani was now a pivotal point in actions in US-Ukraine relations.
James Baker, a former FBI adviser-general, told CNN's Wolf Blitz that any argument that Julian was not acting at the president's request would be untrue.  "Applying your common sense to this situation, you would think that of course the president is acting through Juliani," Baker said.
"If using Julian is to create some plausible negativity like in Iran-Con Tra, I don't think it works because it just doesn't make sense."