Senate Democrat: Giuliani was 'attempting to speak for the United States government' in Ukraine interactions

Senate Democrat: Giuliani was 'attempting to speak for the United States government' in Ukraine interactions
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE’s personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani rips Ukraine investigation: 'I committed no crime' Capitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit MORE, was attempting to act on behalf of the United States when he tried to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRussia says 24 diplomats asked by U.S. to leave by September Biden discusses Canadian citizens detained in China with Trudeau Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE and his son Hunter.

“Of course, Rudy Giuliani is attempting to speak for the United States government,” Murphy said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“You can understand how the Ukrainians are confused when the personal attorney for the president is coming to them asking them to help destroy one of his political rivals,” he said.

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Murphy added that “you can also understand how they might be concerned that if they don’t do the bidding of the president of the United States, there might be consequences.”

“You have Rudy Giuliani going on TV every morning and every night openly admitting that as an agent of the president’s campaign, he has been coordinating with the State Department in order to try to perpetuate the president’s political agenda,” Murphy told CBS’s Margaret Brennan.

“This is not allowable in a democracy and frankly it frightens me that republicans are standing up and defending the president because if he gets away with this, what’s to stop him from essentially integrating the entirety of American foreign policy into his political re-election campaign,” he added.

Murphy also addressed Trump’s suggestion that he will not work with congressional Democrats on any policy items amid the impeachment inquiry, including attempts at gun reforms championed by Murphy and other senators from both parties.

“I’m willing to walk and chew gum at the same time,” Murphy said. “If we don’t get a backgrounds check deal, the only reason it doesn’t get done is because the president is distracted.”