Rudy Giuliani Says Trump Has 'Every Right' to Ask Foreign Nations to Probe Bidens

Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said "there's nothing wrong" with the president asking foreign countries to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and denied knowing the elder Biden would run for the presidency when he started investigating in 2018.

Giuliani told Fox News' Howard Kurtz Sunday morning that Trump has every right to make alleged quid pro quo requests to Ukraine or other foreign governments to investigate Joe Biden or Hunter Biden despite Federal Election Commission rules stating otherwise. Giuliani offered a wide array of defenses for the president, but claimed he personally started investigating the Bidens in 2018--well before Biden officially announced he was running for president in April 2019.

"There's nothing wrong with him doing it," Giuliani told Fox News on Sunday morning.

"The fact is the President of the United States has every right to ask countries to help us in a criminal investigation that should be undertaken."

Kurtz asked about Biden being a "political opponent," and therefore violating FEC rules against seeking foreign countries help in taking down a U.S. election opponent.

"Well, I can't help that. Suppose the political opponent committed murder, what are we gonna do? He's a political opponent, so you're not going to investigate him?" asked Giuliani in an incredulous tone. "The fact is this is not a political opponent. It didn't start that way, the fact is the media is completely corrupt, completely biased and you've got a big story coming out about how corrupt this media is."

"The reality is this Biden stuff, I've know it for six months, I started this investigation long before he was a candidate. I started it in November of 2018, solely for one single purpose, because I'm his defense lawyer and it exonerates him. It shows there was a lot more collusion in Ukraine than in Russia and that Joe Biden materially assisted in getting some of that covered up, and also by the way got his son out and got a five-billion dollar crooked oligarch free who is now running around Ukraine thanking Joe Biden."

"By the way, Joe Biden wasn't a candidate in 2018 but everyone knew he was likely to run..." Kurtz noted. Biden didn't officially kick of his 2020 presidential campaign until a late April 2019 event following years of speculation.

Giuliani ranted at length against Fox News, ABC and the news media in general during his Sunday cable news appearance for seemingly not investigating his own accusations against the Bidens and instead focusing on President Trump.

Kurtz cut to commercial break after several requests to get a word in from the president's attorney.

The Department of Justice does not see Trump's alleged actions as prosecutable, but the FEC has rules on "things of value," which can't be offered quid pro quo by lawmakers. "Indeed, the Commission has recognized the 'broad scope' of the foreign national contribution prohibition and found that even where the value of a good or service 'may be nominal or difficult to ascertain,' such contributions are nevertheless banned," according to a tweet by FEC chair Ellen Weintraub from last month.

"Intangible items like opposition research can constitute a thing of value for purposes of campaign finance law," the FEC states.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Former New York City Mayor and attorney to President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani visits "Mornings With Maria" with anchor Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network Studios on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images/Getty
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