Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Can Still Redeem Himself, Should Tell Investigators the Truth: Ex-U.S. Attorney

Rudy Giuliani should meet with investigators and tell them the truth in order to redeem himself, a former U.S. Attorney said, as federal prosecutors circle President Donald Trump's beleaguered personal lawyer.

Trump has attempted to distance himself from Giuliani's activities by claiming he did not direct the former New York City mayor to dig up dirt on his political rivals or put pressure on Ukraine. The president is facing impeachment over alleged misconduct towards Ukraine.

"Giuliani should do what the rule of law requires a former U.S. Attorney, just like any other American, to do in this situation," Joyce White Vance, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, and now a law professor at the University of Alabama, told Newsweek.

"He should sit down with investigators and tell the truth. Our national security and the integrity of our elections are at stake. No matter his personal exposure, as a former high ranking DOJ official and as a citizen of this country, he has an obligation to do the right thing.

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"He still has a chance to redeem himself."

Giuliani and his consultancy business are under scrutiny by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), an office he led when he was a prosecutor in the 1980s, before he became city mayor.

The SDNY has 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.

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Moreover, Giuliani denied a report in The New York Times alleging that he pursued lucrative business opportunities with Ukrainian government officials alongside his work pushing Trump's agenda, which raises questions about unauthorized lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

"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 SDNY and a distinguished fellow at Pace University's law school, told MSNBC on Tuesday.

"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...then [Trump] has just implicated Giuliani in that amongst everything else that Giuliani may already be implicated in.

"[Giuliani] really should start paying attention and speak up now, not wait to be indicted."

President Trump is under investigation by a House impeachment inquiry amid allegations that he withheld military aid and used a White House visit to coerce Ukraine into opening investigations into his political rivals to benefit his 2020 election campaign.

Giuliani was pursuing dubious Ukraine-related corruption allegations and conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and the Democratic Party, allegedly to help secure the opening of those investigations.

Witnesses in 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.

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

In an interview with Fox News on Saturday, Giuliani referred to having "insurance" in case Trump turns on him.

"I've seen things written like he's gonna throw me under the bus," Giuliani said. "When they say that, I say, 'He isn't, but I have insurance.' [...] We are very good friends. He knows what I did was to defend him, not to dig up dirt on Biden."

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In this file photo Lawyer of the US president Rudy Giuliani looks on before the US president announces his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Giuliani is under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in New York SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images
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