Conservative attorney George Conway: Rudy Giuliani may have sealed Trump’s fate with comments about Ukraine in May
This week, Rudy Giuliani — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and former mayor of New York City — has been aggressively defending the president and insisting that he did nothing wrong when speaking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. Trump is now facing an impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives over reports that he asked Zelensky to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as his son Hunter Biden. And according to conservative attorney George Conway, comments Giuliani made in May could be used against the president and make a strong case for impeachment.
In May, Giuliani discussed his Ukraine-related actions during a New York Times interview and said, “There’s nothing illegal about it. Somebody could say it’s improper, and this isn’t foreign policy. I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop.”
Giuliani, during that Times interview, added, “I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.” And those statements from Giuliani, according to Conway, demonstrate that Trump committed impeachable offenses.
This week, Conway tweeted, “Note Giuliani’s hierarchy of priorities. A Ukrainian probe primarily *will* help Trump *personally*; and only secondarily *may* help the United States. That was Trump’s hierarchy of priorities, too — himself first, the country last — and that’s what makes his conduct impeachable.”
Politicians routinely conduct “opposition research” on political rivals. But asking a foreign leader like Zelensky to help dig up dirt on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, according to Conway, crosses the line into impeachable conduct.
Conway tweeted, “That’s not to say that Trump and Giuliani’s pursuit of a mendacious conspiracy theory could in any way help the United States; in fact, it was detrimental to our country. But Giuliani’s remark shows how easy a bill of impeachment would be to prove even at this early stage.”
Note Giuliani’s hierarchy of priorities. A Ukrainian probe primarily *will* help Trump *personally*; and only seco… https://t.co/cNbavI22z7— George Conway (@George Conway)1569417683.0
That’s not to say that Trump and Giuliani’s pursuit of a mendacious conspiracy theory could in any way help the Uni… https://t.co/u71I6MFYxb— George Conway (@George Conway)1569417819.0
As an impeachment inquiry moves forward, Conway and his wife will no doubt have very different views on Ukrainegate. While Conway has been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics on the right and believes he has been terrible for the conservative movement and the Republican Party, White House senior adviser Kellyanne “Alternative Facts” Conway, is among Trump’s most strident defenders.