Rudy Giuliani is in Europe this week filming episodes of a cable television documentary series that aims to counter the House impeachment hearings and featuring interviews with former Ukrainian prosecutors, according to news reports Wednesday.
Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney, is abroad amid increased scrutiny by Democrats and federal investigators about his role in the president's dealings with Ukraine and a possible investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, The New York Times reports.
On Tuesday, Giuliani met in Budapest with Yuriy Lutsenko, a former Ukrainian prosecutor who alleged earlier this year that an energy company paid Hunter Biden to serve on its board, among other accusations.
The next day, the former New York City mayor traveled to Kyiv, seeking to meet with other former Ukrainian prosecutors, including Viktor Shokin and Kostiantyn Kulyk, the Times reported, citing "people familiar with the effort."
The ex-prosecutors, all of whom have faced corruption accusations, have played a role in the Ukrainian saga on some level, whether it was regarding Biden and whether they disclosed negative information about Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in 2016.
Giuliani's trip was to prepare segments of a documentary series for One America News (OAN), a conservative cable-television news outlet, the Times reports.
Two installments already have run, the Times reports, and they feature Ukrainian witnesses that Democrats have refused to call to testify in their impeachment probe.
Some of the Ukrainians interviewed by Giuliani were "sworn in on camera to 'testify under oath'" in a way that the cable network says "debunks the impeachment hoax."
Giuliani's trip, however, has rattled some State Department officials in light of the scrutiny of "his work with American diplomats earlier this year" regarding Ukraine, the Times reports
But Giuliani dismissed the idea Wednesday that he was taking a risk in traveling abroad amid investigations by House Democrats and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
"If SDNY leaks and Democrats' threats stopped me, then I should find a new profession," he told the Times in a text message.
When asked about his Budapest interview with Lutsenko and his efforts to reach other former Ukrainian prosecutors, Giuliani told the newspaper that "like a good lawyer, I am gathering evidence to defend my client against the false charges being leveled against him" by the news media and Democrats.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment, the Times reports.
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