President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is fighting back after speculation that his efforts in Ukraine weren't to benefit Trump, but to benefit Giuliani's own interests.
However, his target is an unlikely one: Republican Counsel for the House Intelligence Committee, Stephen Castor.
After Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified that State Department officials and other diplomats working with Ukraine were forced to begrudgingly work with Giuliani, Castor asked:
“Did you know that Rudy Giuliani has private business interests in Ukraine?”
Castor proceeded to imply that Giuliani wasn't acting on the President's behalf, but instead to advance his own private interests.
GOP counsel Steve Castor now advances the argument that Giuliani was acting on his own, and invokes his two indicte… https://t.co/IbcIhsZ2BH— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis)1574272455.0
Now, Giuliani is demanding an apology from Castor for business dealings he says are non-existent.
Republican lawyer doesn’t do his own research and preparation, and is instead picking up Democrat lies, shame. All… https://t.co/qKnhn5UJ7t— Rudy Giuliani (@Rudy Giuliani)1574275484.0
But Giuliani's claim is questionable at best.
Two prominent Ukraine-born businessman, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were instrumental in Giuliani's efforts to pressure an investigation into the Bidens before their subsequent arrest.
Just yesterday, prosecutors in New York advanced their probe into whether or not Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent for his dealings in Ukraine.
People on Twitter agree that Giuliani may have painted himself into a corner.
@RudyGiuliani Some advice: you might want to quit tweeting.— Matthew Dowd (@Matthew Dowd)1574276462.0
@RudyGiuliani Giuliani vs Castor is the hot dirtbag on dirtbag action we’ve all been waiting for.— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1574275913.0
@RudyGiuliani Rudy how’s that “great insurance” doing?— Alexis Goldstein 🏳️🌈 (@Alexis Goldstein 🏳️🌈)1574278148.0
@RudyGiuliani Rudy, you don’t have a lot of time left. Make a deal.— Brienne of Snark 🏳️🌈🦃 (@Brienne of Snark 🏳️🌈🦃)1574275760.0
@RudyGiuliani Now we know why you're absent from the tv screen. Good luck, Rudy! Hell of a way to end a career! 😀— MartínAbsentYourselfGOP (@MartínAbsentYourselfGOP)1574278046.0
Giuliani has refused to testify, and some are urging him to rethink that.
@RudyGiuliani I think it's time for you to testify, sir! Clear up all these pesky misunderstandings!— John Legend (@John Legend)1574276361.0
@RudyGiuliani Just come to the committee and speak. They'll give you a whole day.— John Panzer (@John Panzer)1574281270.0
@RudyGiuliani You should come before the committee and explain it all!— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1574276408.0
@RudyGiuliani @Susan_Hennessey Well let's see you go under oath and discuss these topics then, otherwise your words are meaningless.— El Lobo (@El Lobo)1574275703.0
Giuliani's days as Trump's attorney may be numbered.