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Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report of federal probe

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By David Morgan

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his attorney Rudy Giuliani on Saturday as a "legendary crime buster" and "wonderful lawyer" after a media report that prosecutors are investigating whether the former New York mayor broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.

"So now they are after the legendary 'crime buster' and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani," Trump said in a statement on Twitter.

"He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt going on in USA. Deep State. Shameful!" he tweeted.

The New York Times reported late on Friday that federal prosecutors in Manhattan were investigating Giuliani's actions regarding Ukraine as part of a case involving two of his business associates, Ukraine-born Lev Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman.

The two men, who helped Giuliani investigate former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his businessman son Hunter, were arrested on Thursday over what U.S. prosecutors called a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee and other political candidates.

Asked about the Times report, Giuliani told Reuters: "I never did any lobbying for anyone. If they want to ask me I’m happy to prove it. But they haven’t."

A spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

Trump sowed confusion about his relationship with Giuliani on Friday, responding to a question about whether he was still his personal attorney: "I don't know."

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told a House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against Trump on Friday that the president ousted her based on "unfounded and false claims" after she came under attack by Giuliani.

The inquiry is focused on a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens. Joe Biden is a leading rival seeking to face Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Giuliani has accused Yovanovitch of blocking efforts to persuade Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

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Ha ha, he'll be out on his ear any day now.

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When Trump defends you, just wait. The bus will arrive before you can say "Don's your uncle". Bye Rudi!

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I would imagine the amount of dirt Rudy has on Trump and his family would fill the Grand Canyon, meaning that while he'd probably love to dump the crazy, traitorous, bloviating buffoon, the simple truth is that Giuliani is just a mirror image of the ugly old man he serves, and more dangerous to said ugly old man than anyone else in the world.

Ah, the ties that bind!

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I would imagine the amount of dirt Rudy has on Trump and his family would fill the Grand Canyon,

I’m sure Rudy has even more dirt on the House Democrats not including Hillary that that would cover the entire Sahara.

meaning that while he'd probably love to dump the crazy, traitorous, bloviating buffoon, the simple truth is that Giuliani is just a mirror image of the ugly old man he serves, and more dangerous to said ugly old man than anyone else in the world.

Ok, alarm is ringing now. Lol

Rudy knows how dangerous and diabolical these Democrats are and good on him for not sitting back and taking it, keep fighting my friend, never allow these haters to get or trap you.

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bass:

I’m sure Rudy has even more dirt on the House Democrats not including Hillary that that would cover the entire Sahara.

Bring it on, then. Trump and his minions are in panic-mode. Basically, half of America is stupid and gullible.

Oh, and Eric, remember what happened to the last person who was shouting Lock him/her up?

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bass4funkToday  08:31 am JST

"I would imagine the amount of dirt Rudy has on Trump and his family would fill the Grand Canyon,"

I’m sure Rudy has even more dirt on the House Democrats not including Hillary...

Same old predictable and boring Soviet-style "what about...?" stuff.

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Rudy knows how dangerous and diabolical these Democrats are and good on him for not sitting back and taking it, keep fighting my friend, never allow these haters to get or trap you.

Then why is he under federal investigation - you know, by Barr's own Justice Dept?

Federal prosecutors in New York City are investigating whether President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the inquiry.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/giuliani-trump-impeachment-ukraine-lobby-marie-l-yovanovitch-a9152996.html

Trump today: "So now they are after the legendary 'crime buster' and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani," Trump said in a statement on Twitter. "He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. 

Trump tomorrow: "He's a disgusting cretin and a fraud. A legendary loon - Cohen was twice the lawyer he is. And he's a serial philanderer who has been married three times and cheated on each previous wife with the new one.....uh...errrr....you can delete that last one...

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Rudy knows how dangerous and diabolical these Democrats are and good on him for not sitting back and taking it, keep fighting my friend, never allow these haters to get or trap you.

With a guy like Trump starting all the BS I gotta say; pot-kettle-black.

The republicans are just as "dangerous" and "diabolical" as the Dem's.

Neither give a shite about anything other than their own delusions of power!

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Donald Trump praised Rudy Giuliani a day after he said he didn’t know if the former New York mayor was still his personal attorney.

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Rudy should realise there will be another bus along soon and he'll be thrown under it. Trump is very good at destroying his own people.

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Before, CIA had the role of playing dirty games undertaking the intentions of the president and the government. Now, the president is directly playing the games by himself.  This may be as a result he lost friends in CIA. Trump takes part in everything too much.

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When are they going to punish Schiff for lying to Congress as a sitting congressman?

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First Trump says "I don't know" when asked if Rudy was his lawyer. Think about that - you're being impeached and face a whole series of federal investigations, and you don't know if Rudy is your lawyer? Rudy, don't go near the bus stop...

Then these REPUBS weigh in on Rudy...

“I think he’s massively hurting,” said a person close to the Trump campaign. “His TV appearances are so confused and contradictory, he’s creating an impression of internal chaos.”

“He’s inarticulate,” said a Republican who speaks to the president. “Rudy hurts the president with inconsistent, confusing messages.”

One former senior administration official described it this way when asked what Trump’s strategy against impeachment should be: “Hopefully Rudy will be on the space shuttle.”

Way to go Rudy! Between you throwing Trump under the bus, and him throwing you, we'll see who gets run over first...

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Isn't that just like Trump?

Trump throws the Kurds to the wolves one moment and then the next moment he's defending a scumbag like Rudy Giuliani.

Yep, he's a fine example of today's Republican Party! Ronnie must be rolling over in his grave.

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I’m sure Rudy has even more dirt on the House Democrats not including Hillary that that would cover the entire Sahara.

Like what? Already two of Rudies men have been busted. How many hillaries are busted. Please answer this TrumpNRA2AJesus people!!!

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Trumpers, get ready for this bombshell....

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, will tell Congress that the content of a message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine came directly from the president, said a person familiar with his testimony.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/465552-sondland-to-tell-congress-no-quid-pro-quo-from-trump-report

Confessing in the transcript, his lawyer under investigation for employing pro-Russian thugs, firing the Ambassador for refusing his abuse of power, now his Special Envoy confirms his quid-pro-quo confession..

Trump is toast....

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Trump and Giuliani are corrupt losers supported by losers.

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Trump sowed confusion about his relationship with Giuliani on Friday, responding to a question about whether he was still his personal attorney: "I don't know."

Smooth move Grace. That means there's no longer an attorney / client privilege for Giuliani to maintain, now that Trump's thrown him under the bus. Then again, I doubt either are intelligent enough to understand the basic dynamic of how the business relationship is supposed to be conducted.

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Trump is threatening to sue Pelosi and Schiff. Because strong alpha males always run to their lawyers.

Weakness.

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Trumpers, get ready for this bombshell....

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, will tell Congress that the content of a message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine came directly from the president, said a person familiar with his testimony.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/465552-sondland-to-tell-congress-no-quid-pro-quo-from-trump-report

Confessing in the transcript, his lawyer under investigation for employing pro-Russian thugs, firing the Ambassador for refusing his abuse of power, now his Special Envoy confirms his quid-pro-quo confession..

Trump is toast....

we already know he will be impeached; we knew it from day 1 of the inauguration, We also know the Senate will not convict, because of the outstanding trade deals (Japan, and recent China) that your people cannot get done due to their own corruption and incompetence. We love what Trump is doing for our country, and despise your group. Do continue to post your crap, it will only strengthen our cause.

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we already know he will be impeached; we knew it from day 1 of the inauguration, We also know the Senate will not convict, because of the outstanding trade deals (Japan, and recent China) that your people cannot get done due to their own corruption and incompetence. We love what Trump is doing for our country, and despise your group. Do continue to post your crap, it will only strengthen our cause.

As you can see, the pressure is really building on the Trumpers....no facts, no substance, just "you guys"....

Trump-world is in disarray...

And Go Rudy!

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When are they going to punish Schiff for lying to Congress as a sitting congressman?....

Yeah I suppose after they lock Hilary up then they will get on to that....

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Bring it on, then. Trump and his minions are in panic-mode.

Not so sure, judging by the lengths liberals are going to try and stop Barr, Giuliani, Durham and Gowdy, I would submit to you they’re the ones that are running scared.

Basically, half of America is stupid and gullible.

Hmmm......Liberals....

Same old predictable and boring Soviet-style "what about...?" stuff.

I know the liberals hate the spotlight turned on to them.

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We also know the Senate will not convict, because

Conservatives care far more about retaining power than our country. Moscow Mitch has put out campaign ads admitting he won't let a conviction happen, which means he is admitting bias before ever seeing any evidenvece either way. This would get a juror bounced from the jury in a court of law.

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Conservatives care far more about retaining power than our country.

And yet Liberals control academia, the media, the Unions, the arts thy have more than enough power.

Moscow Mitch has put out campaign ads admitting he won't let a conviction happen,

Thank God!

which means he is admitting bias before ever seeing any evidenvece either way.

Like the Democrats did in 1998....

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Not so sure, judging by the lengths liberals are going to try and stop Barr, Giuliani, Durham and Gowdy, I would submit to you they’re the ones that are running scared.

Go after being a strange euphemism for seeking justice, of course.

I know the liberals hate the spotlight turned on to them.

And yet Liberals control academia, the media, the Unions, the arts thy have more than enough power.

Like the Democrats did in 1998....

Liberals and democrats are completely irrelevant (off topic) in an article about Repugnsnt Rudy's associates being arrested for breaking our laws.

Thank God!

Yes, thank god someone is admitting their bias before hearing any evidence because that's how we want justice to work.

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Conservatives care far more about retaining power than our country.

And yet Liberals control academia, the media, the Unions, the arts thy have more than enough power.

Those folks are peanuts compared to who controls Trump and the Repubs - RUSSIA.....

Moscow Mitch has put out campaign ads admitting he won't let a conviction happen,

Thank God!

For Trump and his supporters, you have to specify which God; the All Mighty or Putin...

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The foolish defending the stupid. Good luck with that.

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bass4funkToday  12:59 pm JST

I know the liberals hate the spotlight turned on to them.

No, it's just so tedious to read the same old moral cowardice over and over I'm surprised you're not boring yourself.

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When are they going to punish Schiff for lying to Congress as a sitting congressman?

As soon as Trump and all those in his administration are punished for all their lies.

And after Trump has built is promised wall.

But was has Schiff even got to do with this specific story? Ity is about a hugely influential man in the president's inner circle.

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When are they going to punish Schiff for lying to Congress as a sitting congressman?

Yes, when are they going to punish Schiff for these things they made up to try to shift the focus from Trump's treason, hmm?

I mean, that has a basis in reality, right?

...right?

 

...right?

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Chip StarToday  01:58 pm JST

Liberals and democrats are completely irrelevant (off topic) in an article about Repugnsnt Rudy's associates being arrested for breaking our laws.

Quite right, so they are. Speaking personally though, I don't care if Rudy Giuliani really does have incriminating stuff on Joe and Hunter Biden. Let them hand it over for investigation, may the truth come out and may the Bidens face the consequences. If he's got dirt on Hilary Clinton let that come out too. I wasn't keen on her as a candidate and Biden doesn't enthuse me either. None of the Democratic presidential candidates do, really. However I'm from Britain and although I support the Labour Party I don't care much for the idea of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.

Now, I bet you'll never see any such admission from an online Trump supporter. It's all "totally love this President... greatest President in the history of the USA... 200 accomplishments... 4D chess... drain the swamp..." and then they have the brass to accuse liberals of idolising their leaders.

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I don't care if Rudy Giuliani really does have incriminating stuff on Joe and Hunter Biden. Let them hand it over for investigation, may the truth come out and may the Bidens face the consequences. If he's got dirt on Hilary Clinton let that come out too. 

> Now, I bet you'll never see any such admission from an online Trump supporter. It's all "totally love this President... greatest President in the history of the USA... 200 accomplishments... 4D chess... drain the swamp..." and then they have the brass to accuse liberals of idolising their leaders.

Couldn't agree more. Some of us care more about justice than partisanship.

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Trump throws the Kurds to the wolves one moment and then the next moment he's defending a scumbag like Rudy Giuliani.

And if he fires Giuliani you'll accuse him of throwing him under the bus! No matter what Trump does, it's wrong, according to you guys, hahahahahaha, lol, oh my poor sides...

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Strangerland:

Yes, when are they going to punish Schiff for these things they made up to try to shift the focus from Trump's treason, hmm?

Things "they made up"? That Schiff met with the so-called "whistle blower" in advance is documents. That Schiff is linked to Ukrainian arms dealer Igor Pasternak is documented. That Berisma paid 900,000 USD to John Biden from Berisma is documented. (Ukranian MP Andi Durkow showed the documents).

But yes, you will not see that on CNN or the NYT. The orange man bad echo chamber must not be disturbed.

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Things "they made up"?

Yeah, this stuff:

That Schiff met with the so-called "whistle blower" in advance is documents. That Schiff is linked to Ukrainian arms dealer Igor Pasternak is documented. That Berisma paid 900,000 USD to John Biden from Berisma is documented. (Ukranian MP Andi Durkow showed the documents).

It's weird you people still think that we are going to give your conspiracy theories an equal voice. That's just silly. You guys have cried wolf so many times, and we've realized that there never was a wolf, isn't a wolf, and in fact, you people have a weird delusion where you see wolves in every shadow.

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Things "they made up"? That Schiff met with the so-called "whistle blower" in advance is documents.

He didn't. The Staff of the Intel Committee did and told him to contact the IG.

That Schiff is linked to Ukrainian arms dealer Igor Pasternak is documented.

He isn't. This article is about Giuliani working with two pro-Russian Ukrainian thugs and hustlers to smear Biden.

That Berisma paid 900,000 USD to John Biden from Berisma is documented. (Ukranian MP Andi Durkow showed the documents).

John Biden? Maybe John Barron....

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trumps-history-of-lying-from-john-barron-to-realdonaldtrump

Get your head out of the alt-right Twilight Zone....

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Liberals and democrats are completely irrelevant (off topic) in an article about Repugnsnt Rudy's associates being arrested for breaking our laws.

Ahhh, let’s overlook Democrat corruption because we don’t like it.

Yes, thank god someone is admitting their bias

None here, so what about people like Adam Schiff and the House Democrats that have a clear bias before hearing any evidence because that's how we want justice to work.

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No, it's just so tedious to read the same old moral cowardice over and over I'm surprised you're not boring yourself.

Why on Earth? But yes, liberals are boring, but hilariously funny.

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bass4funkToday  01:36 am JST

Yes, but liberals...

A predictably stupid and badly-written comment.

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Ahhh, let’s overlook Democrat corruption because we don’t like it.

> None here, so what about people like Adam Schiff and the House Democrats that have a clear bias before hearing any evidence because that's how we want justice to work.

Adam schiff and democratscare completely irrelevant to an article about Rudy's people being arrested for campaign finance fraud.

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Ahhh, let’s overlook Democrat corruption because we don’t like it.

says the guy overlooking Trumps corruption because he likes it.

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Chip StarToday  05:32 am JST

Adam schiff and democratscare completely irrelevant to an article about Rudy's people being arrested for campaign finance fraud.

It's an absolute taboo for Trump supporters to discuss anything that anyone on their "team" might have done wrong. Their egos won't allow it.

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 Their egos won't allow it.

And inability to reason beyond poles set by their messiahs; it's either A or Z, my side or wrong. True believers, after all.

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We love what Trump is doing for our country, and despise your group. Do continue to post your crap, it will only strengthen our cause.

Interesting sentiment. Doesn't matter if he allegedly broke laws, is for a fact an uncouth chauvinistic pig, a liar, a spoiled child, in a grandfathers body, and not to mention demented at best, it's ok that he run the country into the ground. All in the name of some stupid arsed pride.

Notice you use the ubiquitous "we", like you are representative of all the red-neck, moonshine running, hillbillies that support him.

Rather annoying that folks can not just stand up and be adults and say "I"!

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A predictably stupid and badly-written comment

Predictable, not really, boldly written and on point, definitely.

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It's an absolute taboo for Trump supporters to discuss anything that anyone on their "team" might have done wrong. Their egos won't allow it

Oh, please! Liberals are the last people that want to touch the word wrongdoing. Liberals think for some benign reason, scandal, corruption, dishonesty and deception are traits that liberals are impervious to. Lol

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bass4funkToday  10:12 am JST

"It's an absolute taboo for Trump supporters to discuss anything that anyone on their "team" might have done wrong. Their egos won't allow it"

Oh, please! Liberals...

Proving my point right on cue.

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Mine as well. Lol

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