Presidential lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday that Hunter Biden’s ties to a Ukrainian gas company paying him tens of thousands per month as an advisor should have been investigated long ago.
Giuliani has noted that the Ukrainian company, Burisma Holdings, had retained Hunter Biden while his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, was serving as President Obama’s point man for Ukrainian policy.
The former federal prosecutor also said that Joe Biden’s involving in Ukraine should have been a point of interest as well.
“It shouldn’t be just Hunter Biden,” Giuliani told the “War Room: Impeachment” podcast co-hosted by Steve Bannon and Jason Miller. “It should be all the corruption that was there in 2016.
“What you’re going to find out is that there was a lot dirty information — some nasty and some of it just plain false — that the Ukrainians were getting at the bidding of the Obama administration,” Giuliani said.
The podcast, which began last month, is hosted by two former Trump officials; Bannon, who was White House chief strategist, and Miller served as campaign communications director.
On Wednesday, a pair of Republican senators — Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Charles Grassley of Iowa — asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release all documents tied to Hunter Biden’s Burisma work so they could determine if it may have influenced the Obama State Department’s decision to end a corruption investigation.
In their letter, the two senators also asked if the State Department was looking into possible conflicts of interest regarding Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma while Joe Biden was serving as Vice President.
The presidential lawyer told the podcast that his investigative work on Ukraine on behalf of the president found that in a January 2016 meeting at the White House, three members of President Obama’s National Security Council asked Ukrainian prosecutors to “get dirt” on the then-rising Trump campaign.
In addition, Giuliani said they were looking for negative information on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is now serving a prison term related to his Ukrainian lobbying activities. Also, Giuliani said the trio of Obama officials were looking for political dirt on Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son.
Giuliani told the podcast that his Ukrainian work as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney found that in a January 2016 meeting at the White House, three members of then-President Barack Obama’s National Security Council asked Ukrainian prosecutors to “get dirt” on the Trump campaign.
They also sought negative information on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, now in prison for charges related to his Ukrainian lobbying activities, and on Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son.
Politico reported in January 2017 that an effort to “sabotage” Trump’s campaign by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign “backfired.”