Rudy Giuliani Brands Trump Impeachment Inquiry ‘Worse Than the Old McCarthy Communist Hearings’
President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani branded the impeachment inquiry worse than the McCarthyism of the 1950s and called it a “frame-up.”
Trump is facing impeachment by the House over his alleged misconduct towards Ukraine but denies any wrongdoing.
The president is accused of trying to coerce Kyiv to open spurious corruption investigations into his domestic political rivals to benefit his 2020 campaign.
In particular, he is alleged to have withheld military aid from Ukraine and dangled the offer of a White House meeting for its president in order to secure the opening of the investigations.
Giuliani spent time digging for Ukraine-related dirt into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who worked for a gas company there, and the Democratic Party.
An edited transcript of a call between Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the U.S. leader urges his counterpart to speak with Giuliani in relation to the proposed investigations.
Moreover, witnesses to the impeachment inquiry, in which the House Intelligence Committee led by Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, is currently gathering evidence, have testified they understood Giuliani to be acting on behalf of Trump when working on Ukraine.
“The Schiff frame-up based on no admissible [evidence] and the trampling of rights to counsel, call witnesses, confrontation, cross-examination are worse than the old McCarthy Communist hearings,” Giuliani tweeted in the early hours of Friday morning EST.
“Republicans stood up against it, Dems have all embraced this travesty.”
Former New York City mayor Giuliani is under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in part because of his activities in Ukraine.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has hit multiple Giuliani associates with subpoenas in recent weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Among the potential crimes listed in the subpoenas were money laundering, fraud, making false statements and campaign finance violations.
It followed the indictment of two businessmen who have worked with Giuliani in his Ukraine pursuits—Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—on allegations of campaign finance violations, specifically the covert funneling of foreign donations to American candidates.
Moreover, Giuliani denied a report in The New York Times alleging that he pursued lucrative business opportunities with Ukrainian government officials alongside his work pushing Trump’s agenda, which raises questions about unauthorized lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
“I did NOT pursue a business opportunity in Ukraine, as they misrepresented. I could have helped them recover $7B in stolen money, but I didn’t. Was paid ZERO,” Giuliani wrote on Twitter.
“They attack me because I have exposed their hypocrisy & how they covered up Biden’s massive corruption!”