Watch Rudy Guiliani Say He Didn't Ask Ukraine to Investigate Joe Biden Then Immediately Contradict Himself (Video)

Heated conversation happened on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show

During an extremely heated conversation with Chris Cuomo Thursday night on CNN, Rudy Giuliani appeared to directly contradict himself when he denied he ever asked the government of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, only to say “of course I did” moments later.

Guiliani, who serves as Donald Trump’s attorney, was on to discuss the report that an intelligence community official filed a formal whistleblower complaint after becoming “alarmed” by a “promise” Trump made to an unnamed foreign leader, a complaint the Washington Post said Thursday was at least in part connected to Ukraine.

Some minutes into the discussion Cuomo asked Giuliani about talks he might have had with an official in Ukraine about an investigation into Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, that the Ukranian government ultimately ended, leading to the following:

“Did you ask the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?”

“No, actually I didn’t,” Giuliani replied. “I asked the Ukraine to investigate the allegations that there was interference in the election of 2016 by the Ukrainians for the benefit of Hillary Clinton, for which there is already a court finding.”

“You never asked anything about Hunter Biden? You never asked anything about Joe Biden and his role with the prosecutor?” Cuomo said, to which Giuliani responded: “The only thing I asked about Joe Biden is to get to the bottom of how it was that Lutsenko, who was appointed, dismissed the case.”

“So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?” Cuomo asked.

“Of course I did,” said Giuliani. Well then.

After some more back and forth, Giuliani attempted to clarify that he only asked Ukraine “to look into the allegations that related to my client, which tangentially involved Joe Biden in a massive bribery scheme.” Things only got more heated after that, as Cuomo pressed him on the apparent contradiction and Guiliani angrily denounced Cuomo.

“It is sad to watch what happened to you,” Guiliani said after calling Cuomo “biased.” “It’s sad! You’re a total sellout.”

Watch the whole thing above.

Before you go: Giuliani delivered a code of sorts to the argument shortly after, tweeting “A President telling a Pres-elect of a well known corrupt country he better investigate corruption that affects US is doing his job. Maybe if Obama did that the Biden Family wouldn’t have bilked millions from Ukraine and billions from China; being covered up by a Corrupt Media.” So there you go!

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    It’s a lot to keep track of, but we’re here to help. Here’s TheWrap’s list of everyone who is running for president so far.

  • Joe Biden – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: April 25, 2019

    The former Obama VP was a late entry to the race, formally declaring his run for the presidency on April 25. But he’s long been a presumed frontrunner, leading many early polls. This is his third presidential run, and for months he’s been telling anyone who’ll listen that he’d be the most qualified candidate for the job. He’s also already been under scrutiny over criticism about his behavior with women, prompting him to post a video promising he’d be “more mindful and respectful” of a woman’s “personal space.”

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  • Elizabeth Warren – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Feb. 9, 2019

    The Massachusetts Senator formally announced her candidacy on Feb. 9 at a rally in her home state, and shortly after followed up with a tweet that read: “I believe in an America of opportunity. My daddy ended up as a janitor, but his little girl got the chance to be a public school teacher, a college professor, a United States Senator – and a candidate for President of the United States. #Warren2020.”

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  • Bernie Sanders – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Feb. 19, 2019

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  • Kamala Harris – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Jan. 21, 2019

    The California senator announced her bid for the presidency on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  Jan. 21, while appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” As a possible indication of her chances, her January CNN town hall was the network’s highest rated single presidential candidate town hall ever. Harris is pro Medicare-for-all and raising teacher pay. 

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  • Pete Buttegieg – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: April 14, 2019

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  • Beto O’Rourke  – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: March 14, 2019

    The former congressman from El Paso, Texas, announced he is running for president on March 14, saying: “This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us,” and that the challenges have never been greater. “They will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America,” he added. O’Rourke has already made a name for himself as a record-breaking fundraiser, the subject of an HBO documentary and a favorite among Hollywood elite.


  • Julián Castro – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Jan. 12, 2019

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  • Tulsi Gabbard – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Jan. 11, 2019

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  • Cory Booker – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Feb. 1, 2019

    The New Jersey senator and former mayor of Newark formally tossed his name into the presidential hat on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. Booker plans to end mass incarceration if he were to be elected president. 

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  • Marianne Williamson – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Jan. 28, 2019

    The “Healing the Soul of America” author and founder of Project Angel Food announced her candidacy during a political rally at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles on Jan. 28. If elected president, Williamson would be in favor of reparations and “economic justice for women and children.”

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    Entered Race: Nov. 6, 2017

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    Entered Race: July 28, 2017

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    Entered Race: Feb. 10, 2019

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  • Michael Bennet –  Democratic Party

    Entered Race: May 2, 2019

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    Entered Race: March 28, 2019

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    Entered Race: July 9, 2019

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    Entered Race: June 23, 2019

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    Entered Race: May 16, 2019

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    Entered Race: May 14, 2019

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    Entered Race: April 4, 2019

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    Entered Race: April 15, 2019 

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    Entered Race: August 25, 2019 

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    Entered Race: April 8,
    Dropped Out: July 8, 2019

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  • DROPPED OUT: John Hickenlooper

    Entered Race: March 4, 2019
    Dropped Out: Aug. 15, 2019

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  • DROPPED OUT: Jay Inslee – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: March 1, 2019
    Exited Race: Aug. 21, 2019

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  • DROPPED OUT: Kirsten Gillibrand – Democratic Party

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    Exited Race: Aug. 28, 2019

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  • DROPPED OUT: Howard Schultz  –

    Exited: Sept. 6, 2019

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    “My belief in the need to reform our two-party system has not wavered, but I have concluded that an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country at this time.” he wrote

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Eric Swalwell was first to formally end his campaign, while Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and more remain in the race

There’s still more than a year to go until the 2020 presidential election, but the competition to *maybe* replace Donald Trump in the White House is already stiff. 

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