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Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report of federal probe

US President calls Giuliani a "legendary crime buster" and “wonderful lawyer”
10:20, 13 October 2019

Reuters

President of the US Donald Trump defended his attorney Rudy Giuliani on Saturday as a “legendary crime buster” and “wonderful lawyer” after a media report that prosecutors are investigating whether the former New York mayor broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine, Reuters reports.

“So now they are after the legendary ‘crime buster’ and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump said in a statement on Twitter.

“He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt going on in USA. Deep State. Shameful!” he tweeted.

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The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors in Manhattan were investigating Giuliani’s actions regarding Ukraine as part of a case involving two of his business associates, Ukraine-born Lev Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman.

The two men, who helped Giuliani investigate former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his businessman son Hunter, were arrested on Thursday over what U.S. prosecutors called a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee and other political candidates.

As we reported earlier, President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that he would decide whether to accept Senator Lindsey Graham's invitation to testify in Congress on Ukraine, The Hill reports.

"I have to make this decision with my client (Donald Trump - ed.) within the next week or so," Giuliani said.

His comment came the day after Graham had announced his plans to invite the former New York City mayor to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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