Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani was in Ukraine Thursday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she was tasking the Judiciary Committee to draw up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The impeachment inquiry, which began nearly two months ago, was triggered by a complaint from a whistleblower believed to be a CIA employee regarding a July 25 phone call the president had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The whistleblower alleged that Trump threatened to withhold military aid if Zelensky did not commit to launching an investigation of possible corruption into Joe and Hunter Biden, as well as Democratic solicitation for political dirt on the 2016 Trump campaign.
A transcript of that phone call was released by the White House in August, and it did not show any threats by the president.
Nonetheless, Giuliani’s trip to Ukraine to continue an earlier corruption probe is sure to raise eyebrows in Washington as House Democrats move towards impeachment.
Specifically, according to a hand-out photo, Giuliani is meeting with Ukrainian member of Parliament Andrii Derkach who has promoted corruption claims involving the Bidens.
Before traveling to Kiev, Giuliani made a stop in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Larisa Sargan, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s former Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, confirmed that Lutsenko met with Giuliani in Budapest on Wednesday.
She said they were filmed for a documentary for the One America News Network produced by Giuliani, the AP reported.