EX-FBI Boss: Giuliani’s Ukraine Scheme Is a ‘Rabbit Hole’ We Don’t Want to Go Down
Reacting to Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani saying that he’s traveling to Ukraine to meddle in investigations in an effort to help President Trump ahead of the 2020 election, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi warned that Giuliani’s taking the country down a “rabbit hole” that it does not want to go into.
With Giuliani telling the New York Times that he’s going to Kiev to convince Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky to continue investigations that he and Trump loyalists believe will take down 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and prove the Mueller probe was a “witch hunt,” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace exclaimed at the top of her show Friday: “How the bleep is this happening?”
Figliuzzi, who is also an MSNBC analyst, noted that Giuliani pressing foreign governments to assist presidential campaigns is inconsistent with his complaints about the Steele dossier and Australians sharing information on George Papadopoulos with American intelligence.
“Now it’s okay to do this,” he said. “Lots of questions. Emoluments clause, will he receive a thing of value from a foreign government? Are the Ukrainians going to do something they would not have already done and therefore provide assistance from a former power to a presidential reelection campaign? Who’s paying for Rudy’s trip over there? Is it coming out of campaign funds for the president?”
Figliuzzi added: “All of which I think is going to take us down a rabbit hole we don’t want to go to as a nation. Which is, that it’s okay for us to rely — seek the help of foreign governments, even adversaries — when we get a president elected.”
Wallace went on to say that there was “almost an exhaustion” among Democrats over the “willingness” of the president’s team to seek political aid from a foreign country, something Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker attributed to Trump’s “shamelessness.”
“This is a president who has crossed a number of red lines repeatedly, paid little political price, faced little blowback from his own party in Congress,” she added. “So it’s not surprising that his lawyer would go ahead and sort of continue that trend of being shameless and doing this stuff sort of out in the open and in public view.”
Following the Times reporting on Giuliani’s gambit, the former mayor told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that “Joe Biden will not get to Election Day without this being investigated,” despite the fact that Bloomberg has already undercut the idea that Biden interfered to help his son beat Ukrainian charges.
Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers and even some of Trump top allies are expressing discomfort over Giuliani going overseas to dig up dirt to help Trump and hurt his political opponents.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.