“My mission is to disrupt the world,” Giuliani said when asked by Fox News host Martha MacCallum what his personal goal is as the president’s personal lawyer.
He continued: “My mission is to defend my client in the best traditions of the legal profession.”
MacCallum pressed Giuliani on whether it was in Trump’s interest — and not the nation’s — to urge a foreign country to investigate political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Biden, a leading Democratic presidential contender, has drawn mounting scrutiny and spurred House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry last week.
“That’s a mischaracterization, Martha,” Giuliani fired back. “It’s in the best interest of my client to unravel the corruption in the Ukraine, which involved mostly collusion in the election into which Joe Biden inserted himself.”
MacCallum responded: “But isn’t that what [Attorney General] Bill Barr is doing? Isn’t that his job at the Justice Department?”
“Well he wasn’t there when I was doing it,” Giuliani said.
The Trump lawyer defended his role in probing the Bidens, asserting that the timing of his efforts showed they were unrelated to Biden running for president.
“I started the investigation in November of 2018,” he said, before seconds later saying that he “ended the investigation” earlier that year.
“How could it possibly be to affect the 2020 election? How would I have known back then that he was going to run?”
Trump’s allies are growing increasingly uneasy with Giuliani’s role at the heart of the Ukraine controversy, but the former New York City mayor, who has made looking into allegations of corruption involving Biden a chief focus of his work recently, is adamant that he’s being wrongly portrayed as a rogue actor who will be validated in the end.