Rudy Giuliani is back in Ukraine and interviewing people for a documentary pushing the debunking Russian propaganda Ukraine election meddling conspiracy theory.
Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, met in Budapest on Tuesday with a former Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, who has become a key figure in the impeachment inquiry. He then traveled to Kyiv on Wednesday seeking to meet with other former Ukrainian prosecutors whose claims have been embraced by Republicans, including Viktor Shokin and Kostiantyn H. Kulyk, according to people familiar with the effort.
The former prosecutors, who have faced allegations of corruption, all played some role in promoting claims about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a former United States ambassador to Ukraine and Ukrainians who disseminated damaging information about Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in 2016.
Those claims — some baseless and others with key disputed elements — have been the foundations of the effort by Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian government to commit itself to investigations that would benefit Mr. Trump heading into his re-election campaign. That effort in turn has led to the impeachment proceedings in the House against the president.
Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for money laundering, and potentially illegal foreign lobbying. The message being sent is that Rudy Giuliani is going to keeping Russian propaganda and demanding that Ukraine investigate Joe Biden until he is arrested and thrown into prison.
Impeachment has not deterred Trump and Rudy. They and the Republican Party have fully embraced the Russian propaganda effort against Ukraine and are trying to get their debunked conspiracies into mainstream American political discourse.
Trump is still trying to acquire foreign election interference, even as the House of Representatives is speeding toward impeachment.
The president and his lawyer are now polluting American airwaves with Russian propaganda.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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