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CNN: Giuliani Sought Visa For Ex-Ukraine Official Who Promised Dirt On Dems

By    |   Friday, 18 October 2019 08:58 PM

Rudy Giuliani asked the State Department and White House to grant a visa to an ex-Ukrainian official who former Vice President Joe Biden pushed to have removed — and who promised dirt on Democrats, CNN reported Friday night.

Citing four unnamed sources, CNN reported that career diplomat George Kent made the claim before congressional investigators in his closed-door testimony this week.

The deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs testified that around January 2019 Giuliani requested a visa for former Ukrainian prosecutor-general Viktor Shokin to travel to the United States, CNN reported. 

Shokin had been pushed out of his position as Ukraine's top prosecutor in 2016 after pressure from Western leaders, including Biden, over concerns that he was not pursuing corruption cases.

Giuliani has previously told CNN he wanted to interview Shokin in person because the Ukrainian promised to reveal dirt on Democrats.

Kent told congressional investigators the State Department had objected to the request, and didn’t grant the visa. Giuliani then appealed to the White House, Kent testified. Shokin's visa was never granted, and Giuliani eventually spoke with Shokin over Skype, CNN reported.

Concerns that Giuliani was inappropriately involved in the administration's Ukraine policy form a significant part of an intelligence community whistleblower’s complaint, CNN noted.

There was no immediate comment from Giuliani or the White House; Kent’s lawyer declined to comment, CNN reported.

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