Documents 'reveal Giuliani smear campaign against U.S. ambassador'

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Documents 'reveal Giuliani smear campaign against U.S. ambassador'

The documents also supported testimony from US diplomat David Hale, who told the House Intelligence Committee that Pompeo and Giuliani spoke on the phone twice in late March.

The emails provide new insight into how Giuliani's efforts were coordinated through the White House.

Moments after comparing former Vice President Joe Biden's takedown of Senator Lindsey Graham a "poor imitation of The Godfather", former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani seemed to imply he possessed incriminating information on his client, President Donald Trump. The records showed that Giuliani and Pompeo were scheduled to speak on the phone once on March 26, before the email exchange, and again on March 29.

"I've been trying and getting nowhere through regular channels", wrote Giuliani's assistant. Westerhout emailed an unnamed State Department official for contact information for "S", a reference to Pompeo. The arrangement for the call happened even before the documents were given to Pompeo.

Rep. Devin Nunes (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, announced late Friday that he will file lawsuits against CNN and the Daily Beast for "demonstrably false and scandalous stories". But like his calls with the former NY mayor, no topics are revealed.

Compounding the crisscrossing allegations of wrong doing in Eastern Europe circulating on Saturday, TIME reported that Andriy Kobolyev, the CEO of Naftogaz, Ukraine's state energy utility, confirmed in an exclusive interview that he was prepared to testify in a federal investigation into the attorney's "business dealings" in Ukraine.

There is no evidence that either Biden did anything illegal in Ukraine.

A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna a year ago with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Giuliani gave the documents to the White House, which then passed them to Pompeo, a source familiar with the matter told CNN at the time.

"That American Oversight could obtain these documents establishes that there is no legal basis for the administration to withhold them from Congress", American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers said in a statement. The documents were ultimately given to the inspector general.

The new information "reveals a clear paper trail from Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo to facilitate Giuliani's smear campaign against a United States ambassador", the director of American Oversight, Austin Evers, said in a statement.

A second memo appears to be a summary of an interview with Yuri Lutsenko, also a former prosecutor general of Ukraine, conducted in the presence of Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman. Devin Nunes (along with Rudy Giuliani) may have been part of this plan to get Ukraine to investigate Biden and thus interfere in the 2020 election the way Russian Federation interfered in 2016.

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