Never-before-heard audio, obtained exclusively by CNN, shows how former President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Rudy Giuliani relentlessly pressured and coaxed the Ukrainian government in 2019 to investigate baseless conspiracies about then-candidate Joe Biden. The audio is of a July 2019 phone call between Giuliani, US diplomat Kurt Volker, and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The call was a precursor to Trump’s infamous call with Zelensky, and both conversations later became a central part of Trump’s first impeachment, where he was accused of soliciting Ukrainian help for his campaign. During the roughly 40-minute call, Giuliani repeatedly told Yermak that Zelensky should publicly announce investigations into possible corruption by Biden in Ukraine, and into claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to hurt Trump.
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A recording of a 2019 phone call shows how Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani cajoled and pressured Ukraine to investigate baseless conspiracies about Biden https://t.co/9ZIwc5FDnW
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New audio obtained by @mchancecnn shows how Giuliani pressured the Ukrainian government to publicly announce investigations into Biden in Ukraine and false claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to hurt Trump. pic.twitter.com/A0b7g53znF
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 7, 2021