After Trump's Acquittal, His Impeachment Lawyer Admits Letting Giuliani Do Foreign Policy Was An 'Error in Judgment'

President Donald Trump's impeachment defense attorney admitted that allowing Rudy Giuliani to dictate foreign policy was "an error in judgment" on Friday.

Attorney Robert Ray was involved in Trump's defense during the Senate trial, which ended Wednesday with the president's acquittal. Trump was impeached by the House on December 18, having allegedly attempted to pressure Ukraine into launching an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

In an interview on The Dan Abrams Show on SiriusXM, Ray agreed with host Abrams's assertion that "putting Giuliani in charge of foreign policy" was a mistake. Giuliani is Trump's personal lawyer and does not officially advise him on foreign policy matters, although he has reportedly irked some members of the administration for doing so unofficially.

"In that context, what I did say is that that constituted an error in judgment, okay? For all the reasons that we talked about. Traveling outside of proper channels has consequence," said Ray.

Several key figures in the Ukraine scandal said they worked at the direction of Giuliani. Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that his role in the scheme was at the "express direction" of Giuliani. Sondland was fired by Trump Friday, along with fellow House impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

Giuliani's associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, both indicted for campaign finance violations in October, were said to have been working for Giuliani to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations that could aid Trump's reelection efforts. Parnas insisted that Trump was directing Giuliani's activities, which the president denied.

Even after the impeachment, Giuliani remained intent on finding material that would be damaging to Biden, vowing to continue the hunt on Tuesday. His previous efforts focused on a discredited conspiracy theory about Biden's son Hunter Biden which continues to be repeated by Republicans.

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President Donald Trump allowing his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to advise him on foreign policy was "an error in judgment," according to one of Trump's impeachment defense attorneys. Drew Angerer/Getty

Throughout the impeachment, Trump maintained that a July 25, 2019 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was "perfect." Democrats disagreed, believing the call to be evidence that the president had attempted to initiate a "quid pro quo" scheme by exchanging foreign aid for the launching of an investigation.

Abrams mentioned that part of the Trump defense strategy admitted that the call was imperfect, while contending that it did not constitute an impeachable offense. Ray disputed the notion that he ever explicitly disagreed with Trump's claim of perfection.

"I didn't exactly say that though," said Ray. "What I said was that many people had concluded or will conclude that the call was less than perfect."

"It's not relevant what my own view is," Ray added.

Ray also said that Trump's anger over the impeachment was justified, urging Abrams to think of things from Trump's perspective, who he said had been "aggrieved by the criminal justice" process.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.