Haley: Giuliani should've been named 'special envoy' to Ukraine

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyCoronavirus sets off industry scramble for aid from Washington Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick Overnight Defense: 'Tens of thousands' of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response | Hospital ships could take week to deploy | Trump says military to help Americans stuck in Peru MORE on Thursday said that she thought the administration could have handled 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's work with Ukraine better by appointing him as a special envoy to Ukraine.  

“I think it could have been handled better. I mean I think they should have named him the special envoy so that everyone within the administration knew what his role was,” Haley said in a Thursday appearance on CNN. 

Giuliani has emerged as a central figure in the Trump administration’s contacts with Ukraine, the issue at the heart of House impeachment inquiry launched earlier this year. Multiple Trump administration officials have testified about Giuliani’s role in contacting and meeting with Ukrainian officials. 

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Former special envoy Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE introduced Giuliani and a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andrey Yermak, in July, according to a text message Giuliani tweeted. He has confirmed that he met with other top officials in an effort to uncover information about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

In sworn testimony George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, said that he believed Giuliani was "looking to dig up political dirt against a potential rival in the next election cycle."

Several GOP lawmakers have also expressed concerns about the “shadow” diplomacy work by Giuliani in Ukraine, including Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoGOP lawmaker introduces bipartisan guest worker bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump on US coronavirus risks: 'We're very, very ready for this' House passes historic legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (R-Fla.), Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) and others.

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David Hale, undersecretary of State for political affairs, testified in a closed-door interview with lawmakers that Giuliani was part of a shadow campaign by Trump to oust Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

Yovanovitch is scheduled to appear in a public hearing on Friday morning. 

Haley pushed back on whether Trump’s actions rise to the level of impeachment.

“It’s hard for me to impeach a president. It is the highest level of punishment that you can possibly do. When an investigation didn’t happen, and the aid flowed, I just don’t see how that rises to the worst possible crime,” Haley told CNN.