While Democrats and the media spent the past week and a half hyping evidence-free allegations that President Donald Trump had committed impeachable offenses in a phone call with the Ukrainian president, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has made numerous media appearances to vigorously defend the president against the unproven accusations.
In response to those efforts, Giuliani has now been accused of lying by a number of Trump-hating Democrats, who have demanded that he be investigated for allegedly working illegally on behalf of a foreign government.
Shaheen demands testimony
The Hill reported that Democrat New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen demanded that Giuliani testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over his alleged role in the discussion between Trump and Ukraine about a possible re-opening of investigations into corrupt businesses in that country, particularly one that employed Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
At issue for the senator were remarks made Tuesday night by Giuliani in an appearance on Fox News with host Laura Ingraham, in which he said that his conversations with Ukrainians came following the “request” and direction of the U.S. State Department.
Shaheen tweeted, “Rudy Giuliani needs to explain this under oath. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee should call a hearing ASAP.”
Alleged FARA violations
Separately on Wednesday, NBC News reported that several top Democratic senators — not including Shaheen — sent a letter to the National Security Division of the Department of Justice demanding the initiation of an investigative review of whether Giuliani was in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a request that was also made just over one year ago.
The senators essentially accused Giuliani of conducting “political and public relations activities” on behalf of foreign governments without having first registered as required by FARA.
Specifically, the letter pointed to four particular incidents involving Giuliani including a purported pro-Russia conference in Armenia, a meeting with the king of Bahrain, and two meetings in Albania and Poland with an Iranian reformist group, all in addition to his supposed pressuring of Ukrainian officials over the Biden corruption investigation.
Trump’s “political hitman”
On top of all of that, the New York Daily News reported that Democrat New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries slammed Giuliani on Wednesday over the Ukraine allegations and called him “lawless,” “unpatriotic” and a “political hitman” who does President Trump’s dirty work.
Referencing several mentions of Giuliani in the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Jeffries asked: “What role does Rudolph Giuliani have in this government? Is he in the Department of Justice? Is he the Secretary of State? Is he an ambassador to Ukraine or to the European Union?” He added: “Rudolph Giuliani is the president’s political hitman.”
All of these attacks on Giuliani are geared toward smearing him personally and undermining the effectiveness of his defense of the president. Democrats would be all too happy to bring him before a Senate committee with the objective of ultimately lodging perjury charges against him if his testimony doesn’t precisely match his previous statements in defense of Trump’s interaction with Zelensky.
If they still can’t get the president after all this time and effort, perhaps Democrats are starting to view a takedown of Giuliani as some kind of twisted consolation prize.