Sep 29, 2019

Giuliani: FBI and DOJ weren’t listening to Ukrainian claims

Rudy Giuliani during a speech in the Albanian town of Manza in July. Photo: Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News Saturday he feels "very sorry" for former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, as he appeared to criticize the FBI and the Department of Justice over Ukraine.

The big picture: Giuliani's insistence on "Justice with Judge Jeanine" that he can't stop leaks from the White House and that he had to urge Ukraine to investigate unsubstantiated corruption allegations concerning former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter came a day after Volker resigned following the release of the whistleblower's report.

"This was given to me by a very legitimate American investigator, lawyer, who had these very serious allegations that Ukrainian officials were trying to get to the FBI. In fact, there was something wrong with the FBI and the DOJ because they weren’t listening to them for a year."
— Rudy Giuliani on "Justice with Judge Jeanine"

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.