Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch sounded the alarm on Wednesday night, telling an audience at Georgetown University that the State Department is "in trouble", with leaders who lack "policy vision" and "moral clarity". Trump explained that he has "a very bad taste" of the U.S. intelligence community, because of the Russian Federation investigation, so he turned to Giuliani. "But Rudy. I don't even know". Trump continued. "Number one, he was the best prosecutor, you know, one of the very best prosecutors, and the best mayor".
In her first public remarks since leaving the USA foreign service two weeks ago, Yovanovitch said that the Trump administration's handling of foreign policy risked alienating allies and driving them into the arms of other partners they find more reliable. FDR had a lawyer who was practically, you know, was totally involved with government. [Dwight D.] Eisenhower had a lawyer, they all had lawyers.
The House of Representatives impeached him for pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations, including into his political opponent Joe Biden. "I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he cancelled the trip".
Giuliani later said in a series of interviews that he forced her out of her post and provided the president with information that showed she impeded investigations that could have helped Trump.
Trump also suggested that Giuliani could have been working for others. Asked in November if he directed Giuliani to "do anything" in Ukraine, Trump said, "No, I didn't direct him", but went on to call Giuliani a "great corruption fighter".
"Here's my choice: I deal with the Comeys of the world, or I deal with Rudy", Trump said, calling his attorney a "crime fighter".
"I haven't been in Ukraine in two years", Giuliani said, before immediately contradicting himself.
In the new interview, Trump defended the decision to "use" Giuliani, even though USA diplomats previously testified that Giuliani had undermined long-standing United States policy toward Ukraine.
Witnesses alleged that Giuliani met with Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden, the latter having sat on the board of Ukrainian firm Burisma.
"We are going to reveal the whole thing", Giuliani promised Fox Business Network host Trish Reagan about evidence of unsubstantiated Democratic corruption in Ukraine he's always been promising.