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Schiff: Campaigns Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Get Foreign Help

15 May 2019

Democrats denounced what they said was an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a United States election.

On Friday night, Giuliani had announced that the trip was to be cancelled, "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 told CNN.

After President Donald Trump said it would be "appropriate" for him to speak to his attorney general about initiating an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's diplomacy in Ukraine while Biden's son was serving on the board of Ukrainian energy company, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that such a move would not be appropriate and expressed concern that the attorney general - who he said was lacking integrity - "just might do it".

But intermediaries for Mr. Giuliani worked to organize meetings with people who they believed would have insights into the incoming Zelensky administration and the investigations in which Mr. Giuliani was interested.

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His comments marked a reversal of his plans to travel to the country, which were first reported by The New York Times on Thursday. "I just want this investigated", Giuliani said. What's more, this is a plot that goes back months. "I am actually quite confident that the facts, with regard to vice president - former vice president - Biden are so compelling that there's no way he gets from here to the election, without this being investigated, OK?"

Giuliani later cancelled that trip after facing intense criticism for seeking help from a foreign power to hurt a domestic political candidate, according to Politico.

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The report goes on to say that Giuliani claims this effort has the full support of President Trump.

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"We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do", Mr. Giuliani told The New York Times about his trip.

The latter is cited by some Republicans - stung by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe findings - to claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 USA election to help Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, despite running against Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, are defending the former vice president against President Donald Trump's effort to smear him by claiming he behaved inappropriately toward Ukraine while serving under President Barack Obama. Giuliani has called for an investigation.

In the Times article, Giuliani argued he's not acting illegally, though he admitted, "somebody could say it's improper".

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Asked elsewhere in the Politico interview if he was disturbed that North Korea had fired short-range missiles, Trump said: "They're short-range and I don't consider that a breach of trust at all".

Schiff: Campaigns Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Get Foreign Help