Why Did Trump’s Lawyer Cancel His Trip to Kiev?

Rudolph Giuliani, the personal lawyer of Donald Trump, suddenly cancelled his visit to Kiev planned for Tuesday for a meeting with Vladimir Zelensky.

He announced a rendezvous the day before through the American media, and explained the cancellation of his trip to Fox News, saying that the elected president of Ukraine may be surrounded “by enemies” of the US President and even “enemies of America”.

According to Giuliani, in Kiev he would’ve met “a group of people that are enemies of the president, and 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 investigation”.

The Ukrainian “Strana” news agency found out what enemies the lawyer of Trump is referring to and what the cancellation of his visit means.

Why Giuliani wanted to come to Kiev

Giuliani was going to talk with the new president Vladimir Zelensky concerning his help with the investigation into Ukrainegate and into the activity of Joe Biden, who at the time of Obama dealt with the Ukraine issue.

This was reported by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

As a reminder, the son of the former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden was receiving a salary from being on the board of directors of the Burisma gas company of the minister Viktor Yanukovych – Nikolay Zlochevsky.

At the demand of Biden, the Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was in charge of the case against “Burisma” (or so Shokin claims), was dismissed.

When Giuliani was accused of attempting to influence, through Ukraine, the result of the future US presidential election, he said that the White House “doesn’t interfere with the future election, but interferes with the investigation, which he has the right to”.

“Somebody could say it’s improper. This isn’t foreign policy; I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it, because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government,” explained Giuliani to the New York Times.

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A warning to Zelensky

According to the source of “Strana” close to the US State Department, by referring to Trump’s “enemies”, his lawyer first of all meant Euro-optimists and recipients of grants, and also activists under the auspices of George Soros – who in 2016 helped the Democrats in the election and put a spoke in the wheel of Trump – who are patronised by the ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (she will leave her position on May 20th and return to Washington).

And now some of them entered into Zelensky’s team. For example – the people’s deputy Sergey Leshchenko.

“All these ‘hatchlings of Soros’ in Zelensky’s environment very much displease the White House, and the cancellation of the visit of Giuliani to Kiev can be a signal to the new president to remove these people from the team and to not impede the investigation into Biden and concerning Ukrainian interference in the American election,” said a source.

Attack of Democrats

There is also other possibility – Giuliani cancelled his visit because of a wave of criticism against the trip. The Democrats already accused the lawyer of Trump of attempting to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign state and to influence the investigation, which could play a role in the US electoral campaign.

“The US senator Chris Murphy (he is considered to be close to Biden) already demanded that the Senate International Relations Committee investigate the situation. He said that Giuliani already met Ukrainian officials in the United States (meaning the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko, who handed over compromising evidence on Biden) and plans to go to Ukraine for further discussions. According to him, none of these meetings is coordinated with the US Department of State or other government agencies,” said the American journalist Josh Rogin to “Strana”.

Giuliani, in reply to critics, said that he was set up, and accused the Democrats of attempting to distort the purpose of the visit.

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Leshchenko’s response

The sources of “Strana” in Washington consider that when Giuliani spoke about “Trump’s enemy” in the environment of Zelensky, he meant first and foremost Sergey Leshchenko.

The latter already published a post on a social network, commenting on the promotion of “Ukrainegate”.

“Surprising things have happened in recent days,” wrote Leshchenko. “Ukraine doesn’t descend from the front pages of the American newspapers. The New York Times wrote that one of the advisers of the president Trump, Rudy Giuliani, flies to Kiev to reveal a conspiracy here.

Do you know what’s going on? Ukraine is being used as a bargaining chip in the US election ‘Trump against Biden’. Also the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko does it.

Thus, Lutsenko doesn’t want to resign as the Prosecutor General, although his resignation was already announced by Vladimir Zelensky. Lutsenko has no place to go. He thought that Poroshenko would be re-elected for a second term, and Lutsenko would head his party in the parliamentary election and then become the Prime Minister. That’s why he announced his resignation even in the autumn of 2018.

But Poroshenko lost and Lutsenko’s plan was broken. Poroshenko’s party won’t collect enough votes so that Lutsenko can put his name forward for the position of Prime Minister. Vakarchuk or Klitschko will not become the Prosecutor General. So he decided to remain, to cling onto his current position, but already through Americans. And, so that they protect him from resignation, Lutsenko invented a story about the former Vice President of the United States Biden, for the benefit of his son, putting pressure on the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to close the case against the former minister of ecology Nikolay Zlochevsky and his ‘Burisma’ gas company.

People in Trump’s environment, in particular – his adviser Rudy Giuliani – decided to show the US President his usefulness. They thought that it is an effective way to unseat Biden in the 2020 election.

But all of this story is falling apart on the fly, because it was under Lutsenko that one of the high-profile cases on Zlochevsky was closed. When he was the Prosecutor. Then, instead of Zlochevsky, the blame was taken by his accountant, who as a result paid a fine and didn’t go to prison. And now Lutsenko tells a completely different story to the one Trump’s people are telling.

The goal of Lutsenko is for the Americans to intercede for him in front of Zelensky. So that when Zelensky tries to dismiss Lutsenko, he is called from America and told – ‘don’t touch the honest prosecutor, he helps Trump and exposes Biden‘.

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This is Lutsenko’s dream, but I think that it won’t be achieved. Because all of this story is fake news for the sake of saving the politically bankrupt Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko. Are you for his resignation?”

However, experts predict hard times for the anti-corruption structures that were earlier patronised by the American Embassy.

In particular, on the Internet there are already recordings of a voice similar to Artem Sytnik‘s, where there is a discussion about how the case of Manafort helped Clinton during the US election.

According to the former People’s Deputy Andrey Artemenko living in the US, in American an investigation into anti-corruption officials and Poroshenko is ongoing.

“All those people from Poroshenko’s environment who, in defiance of diplomatic etiquette, openly supported one side in the election of another country – Obama, Hillary – and who officially said that they will do everything so that Hillary wins for interrogation. She, respectively, nominated and appointed people to key positions in Ukraine. The losing government must incur not only political, but also a criminal penalty for all of this. Not to mention the embezzlement of American taxpayer money and many other things that were done during Poroshenko’s era,” said Artemenko, who the Ukrainian president deprived of nationality, to “Strana”.

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