Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiAlabama official dismisses Lindell claim that 100K votes were flipped from Trump to Biden: 'It's not possible' Adam Laxalt to be called to testify in trial of Giuliani associate Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits MORE on Monday said that he can’t say for certain that Trump didn’t threaten Ukraine aid when he spoke to that country's president about an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE's son.
Giuliani, who is acting as the president's personal attorney, during an interview Monday with Fox Business first said reports that Trump threatened to cut aid was “a false story,” but then backtracked when pressed.
“Did the president threaten to cut off aid to the Ukraine?” Fox Business host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoThe Memo: Fall in white population could add fuel to nativist fire A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Memo: Biden beats Trump again — this time in the Senate MORE asked Giuliani during the interview.
“One hundred percent?” the host asked Giuliani.
“Well, I can’t tell you if it’s 100 percent,” Giuliani said.
BARTIROMO: Did the president threaten to cut off aid to Ukraine?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 23, 2019
GIULIANI: No, no. That was a false story.
BARTIROMO: 100 percent?
GIULIANI: Well I can't tell you if it's 100% percent. pic.twitter.com/ApBGsK6kZz
The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that Trump repeatedly pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden's son Hunter Biden, who had been doing work in Ukraine.
Biden is running for the Democratic presidential nomination and is seen as the front-runner. Polls have shown him ahead of Trump in head-to-head match-ups. No evidence has emerged of any impropriety on the part of the former vice president, even as Trump has made calls for him to be investigated.
The Journal reported that its source said the issue of U.S. military aid to Ukraine didn't come up in the call, but lawmakers are now focused on whether there was any connection between aid and the pressure on Zelensky.
Trump has acknowledged discussing Biden and the investigation with Zelensky but has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong while dismissing Democratic criticisms.
The allegations over Trump’s call with Ukraine has led to renewed calls for an impeachment inquiry by some House Democrats. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda MORE (D-Calif.) warned of a new stage of investigation on the matter but did not use the word impeachment in a letter sent to members on Sunday.
She did say the matter needed to be handled immediately, noting a whistleblower had brought up the matter and the the Justice Department's inspector general had labeled it an urgent matter.
The contents of the whistleblower complaint have not been revealed to Congress, which is another issue that has rankled Democratic lawmakers. Pelosi has joined Democrats in calling for the complaint to be released to Congress.