Giuliani: Trump should 'absolutely, 100 percent' keep investigating Biden

Giuliani: Trump should 'absolutely, 100 percent' keep investigating Biden
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill 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 said in an NPR interview Tuesday that the administration should continue investigating 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 after the Senate impeachment trial concludes.

The Senate will vote on a verdict Wednesday, though it’s widely expected senators will vote to acquit the president.

Giuliani, who has a history of advising the president, said he'd welcome a continued investigation into Biden in Ukraine. 

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"Absolutely, 100 percent," Giuliani told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

"I would have no problem with him doing it. In fact, I'd have a problem with him not doing it. I think he would be saying that Joe Biden can get away with selling out the United States, making us a fool in the Ukraine," he added.

At the center of impeachment are allegations that Trump leveraged nearly $400 million in U.S. military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

The president's defense team claims the aid was held to investigate corruption in Ukraine, a known U.S. ally.

Trump alleges that the former vice president used his office during the Obama administration to remove Viktor Shokin, a top Ukrainian prosecutor at the time. The president suggested during the infamous July 25 phone call that Joe Biden encouraged the prosecutor's ouster to benefit his son, who served on the board of a state-owned Ukrainian gas company at the time. However, this allegation has been debunked.

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Democratic House impeachment managers have argued during the trial that failing to hold the president accountable for his actions enables him to continue what they deem is an abuse of power.  

Giuliani, who is not a U.S. official or officeholder, plays a unique role in Trump's alleged dealings in Ukraine.

The lawyer's indicted associate Lev Parnas provided materials to the House Intelligence Committee tying Giuliani to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

He also provided a video of Trump allegedly dismissing ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchAmerica's diplomats deserve our respect House panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks MORE after Parnas suggested that she supported Trump's impeachment. 

Parnas has offered to provide more materials to the committee and testify before the Senate, but the chamber voted to proceed with the trial without hearing from witnesses or accepting further documents. 

Last week, former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonChina sees chance to expand global influence amid pandemic Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office MORE released a manuscript of his unpublished memoir to The New York Times, in which he reportedly alleges that Trump personally told him to encourage Ukraine’s president to meet with Giuliani. The meeting never took place, but Giuliani told NPR that the request was completely lawful. 

Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSticking points force stimulus package talks to spill into Sunday GOP drafting stimulus package without deal with Democrats Senate coronavirus stimulus talks spill into Saturday MORE (R-Tenn.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPhase-four virus relief hits a wall On The Money: Senate aims to quickly approve more small-business aid | Dems seek conditions on new funds for small-business loans | Pelosi says next round of relief will top T The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Debruyne Says Global Response Platform Needed; Navarro Saw It Coming MORE (R-Fla.) have made statements caveating their decisions to vote against witnesses and acquit Trump. They have said they believe the accusations against him to be true but don’t find them to warrant his removal from office. 

"Lamar is wrong, and Lamar is a good friend of mine, and he's a fine man except he doesn't know all the facts," Giuliani told NPR. “[He] only knows half the facts, a lot of them distorted."