President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday in the wake of bombshell emails leaked by the New York Post, calling the revelation “as damaging as can be.”
Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of New York, told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on Wednesday morning that the leaked documents were a smoking gun “for sure.”
“Remember, Biden denied knowing anything about Burisma. Biden denied – numerous times – knowing anything about his, uh, his son’s foreign dealings,” Giuliani said. “That says very clearly that Biden met with the ... I think he’s now the [number] two or three guy in the most crooked company in Ukraine.”
Giuliani at the time was referring to several records leaked in a bombshell report in the New York Post, which includes an email from an adviser to the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma thanking Hunter Biden for arranging a meeting with his father, who was the U.S. vice president at the time.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” states the April 17, 2015 email from Vadym Pozharskyi, according to the report. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
Pozharskyi, who was said to be Burisma’s third-highest-ranking executive, also allegedly emailed Hunter in May 2014, seeking “advice on how you could use your influence” for the benefit of the company, the Post reported.
The presidential contender has denied any knowledge of his son’s foreign dealings. Meanwhile, Hunter was reportedly paid as much as $50,000 per month in his arrangement with Burisma.
When asked whether Trump would “make a big deal” out of the latest revelations, in the coming days as the election approaches, Giuliani said, “It’s gonna be a big deal.”
“It’s probably the biggest, highest-level scandal so far this century,” Giuliani said. “It happened at the highest levels in two governments: the United States and Ukraine.”
In September, two Republican-led Senate committees issued a report titled, “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns.”
The report alleged that the work Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president.
It also said he “cashed in” on his father’s position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
In scrutinizing Hunter Biden’s financial dealings, the report detailed extensive payments to business interests from entities in Ukraine, Russia, and China that its authors said raised counterintelligence and extortion concerns.
The report stated that though State Department officials regarded the head of the company, Mykola Zlochevsky, as corrupt, Biden did not confront him or link him to corruption.
“What the chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation is that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine,” the report states
Even so, the report acknowledged that the extent to which Hunter Biden’s board position affected Ukraine policy was “not clear.” It did not establish that specific policy decisions were influenced by Biden’s position.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.