Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ripped into President Trump on Friday after his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani admitted to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he asked Ukraine to look into former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again,” Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted.
The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 20, 2019
Clinton tweet included a clip of Giuliani’s interview on CNN the previous night in which he said “of course” he asked Ukraine to look into Biden, the current Democratic presidential front-runner for 2020.
When Cuomo pressed Giuliani on whether he had asked Ukraine to investigate Biden, Trump’s lawyer said, “No, actually I didn’t. I asked the Ukraine to investigate the allegations that there was interference in the election of 2016 by the Ukrainians for the benefit of Hillary Clinton.”
“You never asked anything about Hunter Biden? You never asked anything about Joe Biden?” Cuomo followed up.
“The only thing I asked about Joe Biden is to get to the bottom of how it was that Lutsenko … dismissed the case against AntAC,” Giuliani said, referring to former Ukrainian prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and the Ukrainian-based Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC).
“So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden,” Cuomo said.
“Of course I did,” Giuliani replied.
“You just said you didn’t,” Cuomo responded.
“I didn’t ask them to look into Joe Biden,” Giuliani shot back. “I asked them to look into the allegations that related to my client which tangentially involved Joe Biden.”
Clinton, in her tweet, also appeared to be referencing a controversial moment during the 2016 campaign in which Trump encouraged Russia to look for Clinton’s emails from a private server.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said in 2016.