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Giuliani, Fox's Roberts clash on appropriateness of Ukraine contacts

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBiden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug NAACP president accuses Trump of having operated under 'white supremacist doctrine' MyPillow CEO says boycotts have cost him M MORE sparred with “Fox News Sunday” guest host John Roberts on Sunday on the appropriateness of asking Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE.

Roberts played a clip of Giuliani telling CNN’s Chris CuomoChris CuomoTrump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC Kinzinger: GOP will 'be a minority party forever' if we keep supporting Trump Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' MORE last week that he had never made such a request before later in the interview saying, “Of course I did.”

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"The 'no' was obviously wrong. I corrected it immediately," Giuliani said on Sunday. "What they’re trying to say is I went there for a political mission to kind of get Joe Biden in trouble. Ridiculous. I went there as a lawyer defending his client."

Giuliani continued to insist the coverage should focus on what he claimed were suspicious business dealings involving the former vice president's son Hunter Biden instead of Trump and himself.

"I have all the contacts between Democrats and the Ukraine," Giuliani said. "When the rest of this comes out and we look at China and the $1.5 billion that the Biden family took out of China while that guy was negotiating for us, this will be a lot bigger than Spiro Agnew."

Pressed by Roberts on whether it was appropriate for him to be seeking dirt on Joe Biden while acting as a representative of the president, Giuliani responded, “That’s the way you characterize it.”

“That’s the way it appears to line up,” Roberts replied before Giuliani countered, “That’s the way the pro-Biden media lines it up.”

Despite Giuliani’s repeated implications that the firing of former General Prosecutor of Ukraine Viktor Shokin was politically motivated, Roberts said that he was dismissed amid corruption allegations and that his successor, Yuriy Lutsenko, found no evidence of wrongdoing on Hunter Biden’s part.

“This is going to get bigger and bigger, and everything I say I can prove,” Giuliani said.