Trump Is Implicating Rudy Giuliani in the Ukraine Bribery Conspiracy to Protect Himself, Ex-Federal Prosecutor Suggests

President Donald Trump is trying to shift responsibility for the alleged conspiracy to bribe Ukraine onto his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor has said.

Trump told disgraced conservative radio host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday that "I didn't direct" Giuliani to dig up dirt on his political rivals in Ukraine, "but he is a warrior."

"If Trump is going to try to now put this whole Ukraine matter on him, Giuliani seems to be going along with that so far," Mimi Rocah, a former assistant U.S. attorney at the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and a distinguished fellow at Pace University's law school, told MSNBC.

"He can go along with that for a while but at some point that means that Giuliani is essentially being implicated in a bribery conspiracy by the president of the United States.

"Because if he wasn't acting on behalf of Trump, and Trump is saying, 'Oh no, if he went there to get dirt on the Bidens and told them that they can't have their aid that was all him' then he has just implicated Giuliani in that amongst everything else that Giuliani may already be implicated in. He really should start paying attention and speak up now, not wait to be indicted."

President Trump is accused of withholding military aid and using a White House visit to coerce Ukraine into opening investigations into domestic political rivals to benefit his 2020 election campaign. Trump, who denies wrongdoing, faces impeachment over his alleged misconduct.

Giuliani was chasing down dubious Ukraine-related corruption allegations and conspiracy theories about Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and the Democratic Party, allegedly as part of the effort to secure the opening of investigations.

Witnesses to the House impeachment inquiry from the Trump administration have testified that they understood Giuliani to be representing the president when he was acting on Ukraine.

Moreover, an edited transcript of a White House call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy shows Trump urging his counterpart to speak with Giuliani and that "I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call."

Giuliani and his consultancy business are under scrutiny by the U.S. Attorney for the SDNY, an office he used to lead when he was a prosecutor before later becoming mayor of the city.

The SDNY hit multiple Giuliani associates with subpoenas in recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported, listing several potential crimes, including money laundering, fraud, making false statements and campaign finance violations.

It followed the indictment of two businessmen who have worked with Giuliani in his Ukraine pursuits—Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—on allegations of campaign finance violations, specifically the covert funneling of foreign donations to American candidates.

"Giuliani is in this very precarious position for a lot of reasons," Rocah said on MSNBC.

"When you see a subpoena with eight different crimes listed on it, that's very telling. Look, Rudy Giuliani, as far as I can tell, is up to his eyeballs in crime...We don't like to try and make predictions but I would be surprised at this point if Rudy Giuliani didn't get indicted.

"Like I said, that subpoena with eight crimes on it seems very specific, very far along to me. And just the reporting that we're hearing, you know, there's a lot of smoke there."

Giuliani did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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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. Giuliani is under scrutiny by the SDNY. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images