The shameful claims, in which former President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selensky to help him and investigate Hunter Biden and the origin of the Russia investigation on July 25, 2019. And eventually led to the first prosecution of the former president But the anti-Ukrainian campaign began just three days earlier when the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, phoned Zelensky’s senior aide to ask him to tell the Ukrainian leader, “Let the action be taken.” These investigations continue. “
The call between Giuliani and Andriy Yermak, then Zelensky̵7;s senior foreign policy adviser and current chief of staff, took place on July 22, 2019.The details of the Giuliani-Yermak call were first reported on time. In February, but BuzzFeed News today is publishing its first transcript.
The call gained fresh relevance as federal officials searched Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office and confiscated his electronics on Wednesday morning, first reported by the New York Times, according to the Times. And others, an FBI investigation into the former New York City mayor has focused on his business activities in Ukraine and linked to a powerful oligarch.
It is not clear if Giuliani’s calls to Yermak are effective in the U.S. official’s investigation. Rather, it provides a glimpse of the former federal prosecutor’s response to the Ukrainian side in his own words.
During the call, Giuliani cited a politically motivated investigation into Joe Biden’s son Hunter and unfounded allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which he hopes will be led by prosecutors. The new supreme man appointed by Zelensky.
“I don’t care about anyone not telling the truth or exaggerating,” Giuliani continued, following the 39-minute call transcript. [Zelensky] It is to say: ‘I will keep the honest prosecutor accountable, will he investigate and dig up the currently available evidence and any other evidence of participation in the 2016 election? […] Then what Biden will have to run out of. ”
Time and again, Trump’s personal lawyer pressed Yermak to demand that Zelensky make a public statement on the matter.
“if [Zelensky] Can make a statement at the right time […] Which will make the air clear as well And I think it will get me to come and make it possible, I think for me to talk to the President. [Trump] To see what I can do to make sure there are any misunderstandings, “Giuliani said,” and sometimes I think this might be a good thing for a much better relationship that we understand. Really. “
Giuliani’s demands shocked Igor Novikov, who served as an advisor to Zelensky during his first year in office and listened to Novikov’s line, giving BuzzFeed News a transcript.
“I’m a fool, my expectation is that this will be a kind of call. ‘Hello, nice to meet you’ and instead of witnessing Rudy destroying such a crazy plot and Yermak agrees with them, “Novikov said.” That was the moment when I realized we were in big trouble. “
Novikov said that aside from himself, Giuliani and Yermak, former US Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, were also on the line.Yermak did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Volker said he had nothing to add to what was in the word. Given his public action, messages unearthed during the first Trump impeachment inquiry showed that Volker handled the call “arranged a great phone conversation with Rudy and Yermak, they’ll go together. When Rudy went to Madrid in a few weeks, ”Volker wrote to US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on the same day of the call.
Ukrainian and US sources familiar with Giuliani’s call, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of BuzzFeed News’ verifiable documents.
Both Giuliani and his attorney Robert Costello could not be reached for comment. In a statement released on his website on Wednesday, Giuliani denied any wrongdoing and called the search unnecessary as he offered to answer prosecutors’ questions twice. In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday, he called the arrest warrant “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.
Below is a transcript made by Ukrainian officials from Giuliani’s call with Yermak, not edited or reformatted and presented here as reported on BuzzFeed News.