President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump: Tough times but progress being made Giuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech MORE on Thursday called on Kurt Volker, the U.S. special representative to Ukraine, and other State Department officials to say that they directed Giuliani to meet with Ukrainian officials in the wake of a whistleblower complaint released Thursday on Trump and Giuliani’s contacts with Ukraine.

Giuliani appeared to share text messages from Volker in an appearance on Fox News Thursday night. One encouraged Giuliani to call him to “brief you more about [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky dynamic,” and another “connected” Giuliani with Andriy Yermak, a Zelensky aide.

“He should step forward and explain what he did,” Giuliani told Fox News host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamHillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria treatment for coronavirus Trump team fiercely debates how long coronavirus restrictions should stay in place MORE. “The whistleblower falsely alleges that I was operating on my own. Well, I wasn’t operating on my own.” 

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“I went to meet Mr. Zelensky’s aide at the request of the State Department,” Giuliani continued.

He said Volker requested that he meet with Yermak just days before the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky, during which the whistleblower complaint alleges that Trump used his office for political gain by asking Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders exits, clearing Biden's path to nomination Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE and his son Hunter Biden. 

“I didn’t know Mr. Yermak on July 19, you see it right there, 2019 at 4:48 in the afternoon I got a call from Volker. Volker said ‘Would you meet with him? It would be helpful to us. We really want you to do it.' ” Giuliani said, referring to the text messages.

“They basically knew everything I was doing,” Giuliani said, telling Ingraham that he told both Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

Ingraham asked Giuliani if he was working as a “kind of a pseudo-government emissary working to ferret out corruption in the Ukraine.”

Giuliani responded that his meetings were part of uncovering “corruption” from Biden, who he says pushed for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016 who was looking into a natural gas company on which Hunter Biden served as a board member.

“There’s a reason I’m in the middle of this and it emerges from the corruption of how they tried to hide this for years, including trying to cover up Biden for years,” Giuliani said. “I got this because the FBI wouldn’t take it.” 

“For a year and a half, [Ukrainians] were trying to get these — this information to the FBI but they weren’t interested,” Giuliani said. “They even hired a lawyer in America. They even gave it to several U.S. attorneys.” 

Ingraham also asked about a New York Times report that alleged that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP Rep calls for US to bring international case against China over coronavirus Belarus's risky coronavirus strategy House Republicans threaten pushback on Saudi Arabia amid oil market slump MORE is “unhappy” with Giuliani.

“I’m the legitimate whistleblower,” Giuliani responded. “I have uncovered corruption that this Washington swamp has been covering up effectively for years and his State Department, you know, asked me to do this. So Mike, if you’re unhappy with me, I’m sorry but I accomplished my mission.” 

“I have no idea if he is unhappy with me or not,” Giuliani added. “Frankly, I don’t care. I’m the president’s lawyer!”

New York Times reporter Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump gets new press secretary in latest shake-up The Hill's 12:30 Report: Task force pushed Trump to extend coronavirus guidelines New York Times defends reporter after Trump swipe: Her 'reporting has stood the test of time' MORE tweeted that Pompeo was "angry" with Giuliani Thursday.