In a new interview with The New Yorker, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani—who carries no security clearances and was never vetted by Congress—outlined how and why he directed United States foreign policy.
According to Giuliani, he orchestrated the removal of US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Giuliani told Adam Entous of The New Yorker that Yovanovitch was an obstacle to attaining his goal of obtaining politically damaging information about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son to use for the 2020 election.
"I believed that I needed Yovanovitch out of the way. She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody."
Yovanovitch made it clear in her career and her congressional testimony that her allegiance was to the United States and her oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. Such dedication to country served Yovanovitch well, as she was appointed and served as an ambassador for both Republican and Democratic Presidents.
However such loyalty to the United States and the Constitution did not suit Giuliani's goals on behalf of President Trump. But eliminating a veteran member of the foreign service with an exemplary reputation would require more than just Giuliani's request.
According to The New Yorker, the former New York mayor compiled a list of conspiracy theories unbacked by facts and easily disproven. Giuliani sent his list to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the FBI and The New Yorker.
Giuliani also went on another propaganda media tour while enlisting the help of known conspiracy theorist John Solomon.
Giuliani told The New Yorker:
"I said, 'John, let's make this as prominent as possible. I'll go on TV. You go on TV. You do columns'."
Given the role of Yovanovitch's removal and Ukraine in the impeachment process, many found Giuliani's admissions to The New Yorker surprising. The interview verifies testimony Yovanovitch gave in October during the impeachment inquiry.
Testimony the White House denied.
How Giuliani's latest admissions help the President's case or his own is unclear. Also unclear is if the President and his personal lawyer are still reading off the same script.
But with increased chatter about possible charges against Giuliani, it may be time to ask whose interests he's serving: his own or Trump's?