The day before open hearings began in House Democrats’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal titled “The Case for the Impeachment Defense.”
Giuliani said that the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was “innocent” and attacked the impeachment probe calling it “unprecedented, constitutionally questionable, and an affront to American fair play.”
The call referenced is the now-infamous July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky, which led to the whistleblower complaint that sparked the on-going impeachment probe.
Trump has been accused of withholding military aid to Ukraine to pressure officials there to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Giuliani argues that Trump was asking Zelenskiy to investigate corruption and downplayed any reference to the Bidens.
“Moreover, Mr. Trump requested that Ukraine root out corruption; he didn’t demand it. His words were cordial, agreeable, and free of any element of threat or coercion. Mr. Trump offered nothing in return to Ukraine for cleaning up corruption. If you doubt me, read the transcript. Allegations of Burisma-Biden corruption weren’t even a major part of the conversation. The focus was on Ukrainian corruption broadly speaking, and out of a five-page transcript, Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden.”
Though he added that he believes the Bidens should be investigated for corruption.
Additionally, he pushed back on the notion that Ukraine did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election, citing a 2017 Politico story that said Ukrainian officials tried to hurt then-candidate Trump.
He also argued that Democrats have a double-standard when it comes to dealing with Trump, “Call it Trump derangement syndrome or a corrupt double standard, but there can be little doubt that Mr. Biden would not be pursued so aggressively were he in Mr. Trump’s place.”
Giuliani concludes his defense by saying that when the American people see the evidence, they will decide there was no wrongdoing.
“If the American people are allowed to see the facts of the matter, the truth will prevail. But if the allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden aren’t fully investigated, we won’t have equal justice under the law.”
Trump has maintained that he did nothing wrong, urging people to read the transcript of the July 25 phone call. Yesterday, he vowed to release a transcript of another phone call with Zelenskiy by the end of the week.