Vanity Fair: Giuliani Conned by Ukraine Operators
Looks like we have Ukrainian swamp creatures to thank for trapping Trump:
Giuliani had grown wide-eyed over reports of Biden dirt in Ukraine. Trump’s personal attorney, often representing himself in a quasi-official role, as the whistle-blower complaint makes clear, had been mining contacts with connections both governmental and in the private sector, flying to assignations in foreign capitals, and trying to set up deals. But the oppo gold he was searching for—if it ever existed, which is doubtful—didn’t materialize. “Rudy kept running around talking to everyone, but he couldn’t get to first base on the Ukraine-Biden info,” says a sometime Ukraine player who says he has direct knowledge of the market for Biden dirt. Finally, say two sources, Trump grew frustrated with his personal attorney and took a more direct approach—one that now may earn him a place in history as one of four presidents ever to face impeachment.
It’s not surprising that Giuliani believed there was gold in those hills. Ukraine’s reputation for corruption, for rumor and wild exaggeration and big, shady payoffs, is well earned, and once a certain sort of Ukrainian player saw his intense hunger, a panoply of sources seemed to arise to satisfy it. A Russian diplomatic source says that the chatter among high-powered Ukrainians for months has been that the Bidens were dirty, and it was only a matter of time before Joe Biden would be forced to leave the race. It was an epic political fantasy, the ultimate score—if only Giuliani could close the deal. (Giuliani did not return a call from Vanity Fair.)