Rudy Giuliani Contradicts Himself Again on Trump-Ukraine Whistleblower Call While on Live TV

Rudy Guiliani appeared to contradict himself while seeking to defend President Donald Trump from scrutiny over a whistleblower complaint that major news outlets have reported involves the commander in chief's communications with Ukraine.

The Washington Post broke news of the whistleblower complaint last week and said that it involved concerns over Trump issuing a "promise" to a foreign leader. Subsequent reporting from outlets including the Post has revealed further details about the incident, including that the complaint reportedly revolves around Ukraine.

The Wall Street Journal exclusively reported this weekend that Trump "repeatedly pressured" Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump has sought to divert attention to what he alleges is a quid pro quo deal involving the former vice president, who had pushed Ukraine to uproot corruption and sought the ousting of a Ukrainian prosecutor who investigated a gas company where Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, was a board member. Despite Trump's allegations, a New York Times report published in May found no proof that Biden intentionally tried to aid his son by pushing for the removal of the prosector.
Questions are now circling about whether the president's decision to withhold $250 million for Ukrainian armed forces has a relation to the president's discussion with Zelensky. The aid was released earlier month.

Amid the fever-pitch speculation and increased focus on whether this is the scandal that leads to House Democrats drafting articles of impeachment, Guiliani spoke with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on Monday.

When Bartiromo asked, "did the president threaten to cut off aid to Ukraine?" Giuliani deferred to one of his normal talking points.

"No, no. That was a false story," Trump's lawyer responded. After Bartiromo asked for assurance, Giuliani walked back his statements.

"Well, I can't tell you if it's 100 percent," he said.

The remarks came just days after Giuliani contradicted himself during a heated exchange with CNN host Chris Cuomo about the whistleblower complaint.

Despite Giuliani's waffling, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal have reported, citing anonymous sources, that Trump did not mention military aid in his call with the Ukrainian president. Further, the Times reported that the U.S. had already suspended the aid by the time of the July 25 call between the two leader.

Even so, Democrats are using reported details and the renewed wellspring of scrutiny on the president to ramp up calls for impeachment.

"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior - it is the Democratic Party's refusal to impeach him for it," Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff signaled that the new reports could mean that Trump has crossed the line that will lead to impeachment proceedings.

"If the president is essentially withholding military aid at the same time that he is trying to browbeat a foreign leader into doing something illicit that is providing dirt on his opponent during a presidential campaign, then that may be the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that that conduct represents," he said on Sunday.

"We very well may have crossed the rubicon here," he added later during his appearance on CNN's State of the Union.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been resistant to calls for impeachment, referring to the divisive nature of such action and the 137 House Democrats who support it, she signaled that she, too, could be eyeing a shift. She noted the administration's efforts to block lawmaker inquiry into the complaint.

"If the administration persists in blocking this whistle-blower from disclosing to Congress, a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the president, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation," Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Sunday.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives to campaign for Republican Senator Mike Braun on November 3, 2018, in Franklin Township, Indiana. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images