Rudy Giuliani Says He Won’t Cooperate WIth Adam Schiff-Led Ukraine Investigation – NewsweekOctober 27, 2019
President Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said he would not cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into allegations of Ukrainian quid pro quo accusations involving the president unless Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is removed as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Meanwhile, Schiff said an agreement has been reached to bring the Ukraine whistleblower in to offer “unfiltered testimony” with added security precautions.
Both Schiff and Giuliani appeared on broadcast news networks this weekend and offered very different takes on the same Ukraine investigation.
Giuliani continued to blast former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for what he described as a “very serious sell-out of public offices.” On ABC News’ This Week Sunday, he repeatedly dodged host George Stephanopoulos’ direct questions about whether he would refuse to cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee on the Ukraine allegations involving him.
“Believe it or not, I’m an attorney, everything I did was to defend my client and I’m proud of what I did and I’m proud that I uncovered what will turn out to be a massive pay-for-play scheme not unlike the Clinton Foundation.”
“So will you not cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee?” Stephanopoulos asked on several occasions. “I wouldn’t cooperate with Adam Schiff,” Giuliani replied. “I think Adam Schiff should be removed.”
Giuliani said if Schiff is removed and a “neutral person” is put in his place as chairman of the House committee, then he may consider cooperating with Congress.
Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, has crafted several weaving narratives about Trump’s innocence, even telling Fox News host Jeanine Pirro Saturday night it would have been unlawful if he or the president had not contacted Ukraine about the Bidens’ alleged shady dealings. Giuliani is mentioned personally several dozen times in the whistleblowers’ complaint.
“If I didn’t investigate it, I would be committing malpractice,” Giuliani said Saturday on Fox News. “This was given to me, I wasn’t looking for it, this was given to me by a very legitimate American investigator and lawyer…I’m not like that whistleblower, with hearsay, I have direct evidence.”
Speaking with This Week on Sunday, Schiff pushed back and said, “This whistleblower showed a lot of guts to come forward. The fact that what the whistleblower relayed came from third parties doesn’t make it less credible when that information is borne out.”
Schiff said the whistleblower “has already been substantially corroborated,” citing the consistencies between their several-page allegations and the reported exchange in the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky.
Schiff said he and other members of the House have serious concerns about the safety of the whistleblower as well as the protection of that person’s identity. A report in The New York Times last week claimed the whistleblower is a member of the U.S. intelligence community.
“We are taking all the precautions … to protect the whistleblower’s identity because, as you can imagine, with the president issuing threats like ‘we ought to treat these people who exposed my wrongdoing as we used to treat traitors and spies, and we used to execute traitors and spies,’ you can imagine the security concerns here,” Schiff continued.
Schiff said the House has not yet decided whether it would be useful to bring in Giuliani.
“We want to flesh out the facts, then we’ll make a determination whether it would be productive to bring in a witness like Rudy Giuliani,” he said Sunday.