President Donald Trump said Monday his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani's recent trip to Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political rivals was a mission driven by "love."
"He's a great person who loves our country, and he does this out of love, believe me," Trump told reporters covering an Oval Office event about regulatory reform.
However, Trump did not talk much about what information the former New York City mayor shared with him about his trip, even though Giuliani was spotted at the White House on Friday.
"He sees what's happening," Trump said. "He sees all of the hoax that that happens when I talk about [the] impeachment hoax or the Russian collusion delusion. He is a great gentleman."
Trump also said his attorney is probably the greatest "crime fighter" over the past 50 years, was the "greatest mayor" in New York City's history, and he "knows what he's doing."
Earlier this month, Giuliani traveled to Ukraine, where he met with current and former officials while seeking information that could be used against the Democrats' impeachment push, and to damage former Vice President Joe Biden and other political rivals. He shared his findings through a series of tweets Sunday.
Giuliani has claimed his findings prove there was misconduct between Biden and the Obama administration, and told Steve Bannon's "War Room: Impeachment," which airs live on Newsmax TV, that Biden allegedly funneled money from Ukraine into Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
His activities in Ukraine led government officials to testify last month that Giuliani was running a shadow foreign policy that did not coincide with official diplomatic channels.
The former mayor said in an interview published Monday in The New Yorker that he needed to get former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump eventually recalled, "out of the way" as she was going to "make the investigations difficult for everybody."
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