Senator's Viral Twitter Thread on Trump, Giuliani, Ukraine Could Detail Whistleblower Claim

As a whistleblower complaint and an interview with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani raised questions about administration and campaign issues, a Democratic senator used Twitter to give insight into the situation.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) posted to the social media platform shortly after The Washington Post reported Thursday that an intelligence official's complaint of talks with a foreign leader and a Trump "promise," pertained to Ukraine.

According to the Post, the complaint was filed two and a half weeks after Trump had a call with recently elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The alleged promise made by the president led a U.S. intelligence official who served in the White House to notify the intelligence community inspector general, and has created a standoff between the intelligence community and Congress. Close to a week after the complaint came to light, it is still unclear to lawmakers and the public who was involved and what transpired.

In his tweets, Murphy revealed he asked questions about a possible link between the Trump campaign and the president withholding military aid to Ukraine before finally releasing it after receiving pressure from lawmakers.

"A few weeks ago in Ukraine, I met w President Zelensky and we discussed the surprise cut off of aid and the inappropriate demands the Trump campaign was making of him," Murphy tweeted. "The obvious question everyone in Kiev was asking was - were the two things connected?"

Murphy continued: "Zelensky did not explicitly connect the two in our meeting, but he was VERY concerned about the cut off of aid, and VERY aware of the conversations that Rudy Giuliani was having with his team. I told him it was best to ignore requests from Trump's campaign operatives. He agreed."

In May, Giuliani made plans to go to Ukraine to ask Zelensky to look into what prompted special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's links to Ukraine. Giuliani canceled the trip after being accused of trying to help Trump get re-elected by seeking foreign election interference.

Murphy said that he does not know the contents of the whistleblower complaint, "but it was clear to me that Ukraine officials were worried about the consequences of ignoring Giuliani's demands."

"And of course they were," Murphy concluded. "That's why presidents shouldn't have their campaigns talking to foreign leaders."

I don’t know what is in the whistleblower complaint, but it was clear to me that Ukraine officials were worried about the consequences of ignoring Giuliani’s demands. And of course they were. That’s why presidents shouldn’t have their campaigns talking to foreign leaders.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 20, 2019

Giuliani did not help Trump's image when he contradicted himself in an interview Thursday night.

When questioned, Giuliani said, "I found out this incredible story about Joe Biden, that he bribed the president of the Ukraine in order to fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son."

When CNN host Chris Cuomo asked if Giuliani requested that Ukraine investigate Biden, Giuliani replied, "No, actually I didn't."

But pressed further, Giuliani admitted that "the only thing I asked about Joe Biden" was to find out why a prosecutor investigating Biden ended up dismissing the case.

Cuomo then asked, "So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?"

"Of course I did," Giuliani said.

Murphy, in another tweet, said, "I made my first request for an investigation into Giuliani's overtures to Zelensky in May."

The senator's tweets went viral as some users felt his observations indicated wrongdoing by Trump and Giuliani.

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President-elect Donald Trump and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani shake hands following their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. Drew Angerer/Getty