Following the announcement that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had canceled his planned trip to Ukraine, where he was to meet with the country’s president-elect to discuss investigations into Joe Biden’s son and other issues helpful to Trump, Biden’s campaign offered a response rebuking the lawyer.
“It’s great to see all these strong progressive voices stand up to this attempt at a blatantly political smear which in and of itself reflects the urgent need for change and to restore the soul of the country,” a Biden campaign official said.
Shortly after Giuliani said he would travel to Ukraine to push for the investigations, Democratic lawmakers criticized him, saying that it was “highly unethical for the President’s personal lawyer to go meet with officials from foreign government to see if they can influence somehow the upcoming presidential election.”
“We’ve had enough of that and Rudy Giuliani should just back off,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday.
2020 presidential candidate Representative Beto O’Rourke said that even though Giuliani’s planned trip was “troubling” and “disappointing,” it didn’t come as a surprise, considering the pattern President Trump’s administration has followed so far.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff joined his colleagues in rebuking the President’s lawyer, saying that he was following the same “tragic path” as in 2016 by asking a foreign country to influence the upcoming election, deeming the move “appalling.”
He also added that the administration’s excuse that they were only seeking foreign help with an investigation and not the election was weak because the investigation was aimed at discrediting Biden, a candidate Trump fears the most.
Senator Chris Murphy as well chided the administration’s move, accusing it of being corrupt and stressing that the announcement should “be the total focus of the political class today.”
“The President is openly asking a foreign government to investigate his political rival. This is next level,” he noted.