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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows - Spotlight shines on Bloomberg, stop and frisk Giuliani hits Bloomberg on stop-and-frisk: He's 'turned on the program' Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim 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 BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE.

Roberts played a clip of Giuliani telling CNN’s Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump takes shot at Cuomo's brother ahead of Oval Office meeting Buttigieg: It was 'disgraceful' to hear Trump's attacks on Romney Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle 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.