Rudy Giuliani not likely to face charges that he lobbied Trump for Ukraine

Sources close to the situation say that Rudy Giuliani is unlikely to face federal charges that he illegally lobbied former President Donald Trump on behalf of Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family’s alleged corruption there.

Giuliani has been investigated for the last two years over the allegations, but even the seizure of his electronic devices in February did not produce anything the feds could use against him.

The case is still open, but unless prosecutors find a smoking gun, it is likely going nowhere.

“If I were representing someone else, I would tell my client to be cautiously optimistic,” Giuliani told NBC News. “These are good signs … but to quote Yogi Berra — it ain’t over till it’s over.”

The Hunter connection

At the time the alleged lobbying is thought to have taken place, Giuliani was Trump’s personal lawyer and was looking for dirt that would harm Joe Biden’s presidential chances.

They felt their best chance was to go after Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukrainian energy company Burisma. As these efforts progressed, Giuliani developed relationships with Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko and other prominent citizens of Ukraine who might be able to shed light on the situation.

Specifically, investigators wanted to know whether Giuliani lobbied the Trump administration to oust the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine to benefit Lutsenko, according to the New York Times.

They were able to determine that Lutsenko offered Giuliani $200,000 to help recover funds Lutsenko believed were stolen from the Ukrainian government, but Giuliani did not take that offer.

Biden cover-up

Trump and Giuliani believed Joe Biden had acted wrongly as vice president when he pressured Ukraine to fire top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who claimed after the fact that he had been investigating Burisma.

The action would have constituted a serious conflict of interest, and appeared to show that Biden tried to fire Shokin to protect his son.

Trump’s efforts to get proof that wrongdoing had occurred on Biden’s part led to his own impeachment, however, when a then-anonymous whistleblower claimed that Trump was exerting undue pressure on the recently elected president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

While the House eagerly pounced on Trump, the Senate was not ultimately convinced of his wrongdoing. Meanwhile, any possible Biden wrongdoing was covered up and shoved under the rug where it remains to this day.

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