Giuliani earlier announced plans to visit Kyiv to meet with Zelensky to convince the Ukrainian authorities of the need to launch an investigation involving the interests of U.S. President Donald Trump on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Late Friday night, Giuliani said on Fox News that he chose to cancel his trip, but left open the possibility of one in the future. "I'm not going to go because I think I'm walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president.in some cases enemies of the United States, and in one case an already convicted person who has been found to be involved in assisting the Democrats with the 2016 election".
Giuliani was also interested in pursuing questions about former Vice President Joe Biden, who pressured Kiev to remove a top prosecutor in Ukraine, who at one point was investigating a natural gas company linked to Biden's son Hunter.
President Trump says it would be "appropriate" for him to speak with Attorney General William Barr about investigating Joe Biden or his son Hunter, according to a published report.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke were among the 2020 Democratic contenders to express concern about Giuliani's efforts, according to the CNN report. Chris Murphy, who have pushed back on Giuliani and the Biden-Ukraine story in general.
By proposing the trip and calling Ukrainians "enemies", Giuliani has stoked confusion and fear among our allies.
Anticipating criticism that he was encouraging foreign interference in a USA presidential campaign, Giuliani told the Times, "There's nothing illegal about it", Giuliani said. "It could be a very big situation", he added. But I have not done that as of yet, Trump told Politico.
Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian member of parliament and prominent Zelensky backer, said Ukraine is being drawn into a "dangerous game".
Schiff told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that if Trump wants to "go after" Biden, an early front-runner in the Democratic primary, he can do that, but "don't seek the help of a foreign government in your election".
Gates's comments come on the same day that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to press Putin on the issue during their scheduled meeting this week in Sochi, Russia. Usually, when the president talks about the Times, it is to attack the paper as "failing" or part of the 'fake news'. "And, frankly, I think elected officials who depend on honest elections to get elected ought to place as a very high priority measures to protect the American electoral system against interference by foreigners".
The president has also tried to push claims that Ukrainian officials tried to help Clinton by focusing attention on Manafort's business in Ukraine. The ledger detailed financial transactions by then-Trump-campaign Chairman Paul Manafort. "Somebody could say it's improper".
President Trump criticizes democrat party officials for their soft stance on China. And he would be better off getting investigated now, where it really isn't going to affect the election.