Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, led the top American diplomat in Ukraine, who became a key witness to his dismissal.
Federal authorities are investigating Rudy Giuliani They are looking for information related to a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was removed from his job two years ago by order of then-President Donald Trump, a Giuliani lawyer said Friday.
Robert Costello confirmed this via a text message to The Associated Press a search order who served Giuliani this week referred to Marie Yovanovitch, who, as the central actor in the first case of impeachment against Trump, detailed a campaign of defamation of Giuliani and other Trump allies that preceded his retirement on 2019.
Costello said the order also referred to Ukraine’s former top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, who met with Giuliani and was also part of efforts to remove Yovanovitch from his position.
The fact that the order mentions Yovanovitch and seeks communication between Giuliani and several Ukrainians suggests that the authorities are trying to determine whether Giuliani’s efforts to dismiss the ambassador they were being done at the urging of Trump or Ukrainians.
This distinction is important because federal law requires anyone who puts pressure on the U.S. on behalf of a foreign country or entity to register their work with the Department of Justice.
The former mayor of New York City told Tucker Carlson of Fox News that electronic devices confiscated at his Manhattan residence and an independent office on Wednesday would prove he did not violate federal law as he tried to dig dirt in Joe Biden in Ukraine in 2019. to support Trump.
The New York Times was the first to report on the order’s reference to Yovanovitch.
Yovanovitch’s retirement in May 2019 was one of the key episodes of the Trump’s dismissal case, which comes a few months before a phone call in which Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter.
Trump and his Republican allies tried to transform Hunter Biden’s trade relations as board member of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in an American political scandal that would hurt Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. Hunter denied any wrongdoing and the Republican scandal failed.
Giuliani advanced these same efforts in his own discussions with Ukrainian officials, meeting with a Ukrainian legislator who released audio recordings during the 2020 presidential campaign in an effort to discredit Biden’s candidacy.
Yovanovitch, a career diplomat who served for decades with both Republican and Democratic presidents and was first nominated by Ronald Reagan, he declared in gruesome detail during the impeachment trial over a “defamation campaign” against her by Giuliani and others before shooting her.
Yovanovitch said the same Investigators of the removal of the house that Ukrainian officials had told him that Giuliani was in contact with Ukraine’s former chief prosecutor, Lutsenko, “and that they had plans and that they were going to do things, even me.”
He said he was told that Lutsenko “wanted to hurt me in the United States.”
A Yovanovitch lawyer declined to comment Friday.