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Trump calls Rudy Giuliani a ‘great guy’ as impeachment pressure mounts

Donald Trump came to the defence of Rudy Giuliani on Saturday, only a day after he said he didn’t know if the former New York mayor was still his personal attorney and it was reported that Giuliani is under federal investigation in Manhattan.Giuliani “may seem a little rough around the edges”, Trump tweeted, “but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer”.

The president did not say whether or not Giuliani was still his personal attorney. The former mayor said on Friday he was.

Giuliani is under pressure over his extra-governmental role in Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a potential opponent in the 2020 election, over unfounded allegations of corruption involving the former vice-president’s son.

The Ukraine scandal is driving a formal impeachment inquiry by Democrats on Capitol Hill.

theguardian.com/13 October 2019

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