Giuliani, speaking on Fox News, said he had decided not to go on the trip Friday night.
“I’m not gonna go,” he said, “because I think I’m walking into a group of people that are enemies of the President, in some cases enemies of the United States and, in one case, an already convicted person who has been found to be involved in assisting the Democrats with the 2016 election.”
It wasn’t immediately clear to whom Giuliani was referring.
Within a year of the prosecutor’s removal, Ukraine’s new prosecutor general dismissed the case against the company, Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company controlled by one of Ukraine’s top oligarchs. Other Western governments also called for his ouster, and no evidence has indicated that the move by Biden was inappropriate.
The Biden campaign has previously declined to comment further and referred CNN to a statement a spokeswoman provided to The New York Times, which says Biden acted on Ukraine “without any regard for how it would or would not impact” Hunter’s business interests.
“I don’t want any favors. I just want this investigated,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani had previously told CNN that a “well-regarded investigator” he’s known for years put him in touch last November with current and former Ukrainian officials, who he says he’s interviewed over Skype and in person. In 2017, both the Democratic National Committee and a contractor denied working with Ukrainians.
But Giuliani’s story had some holes. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Ukrainian government’s case against Burisma had been “dormant” since 2014, two years before Biden successfully pushed to remove the prosecutor general. Biden was also joined in his anti-corruption push against the prosecutor by numerous leaders in Europe as well as the International Monetary Fund — none of whom had any family ties to Burisma.
In the Fox News interview, Giuliani said he won’t go to Ukraine, “in order to remove any political suggestion.”
“I will step back and I’ll just watch it unfold,” he said.
The President said he hadn’t yet spoken to Giuliani about the trip, but that he was interested in the topic.
“I will speak to him about it before he leaves. I’m just curious about that,” Trump said, adding he has “not spoken to (Giuliani) at any great length” on the subject.
The President echoed Giuliani’s previous statements that the media is not paying enough attention to the story.
“Because he’s a Democrat it’s about 1/100 the size of the fact that if he were a Republican, it would be a lot bigger.”
Trump told Politico he has not discussed the potential issue with Attorney General William Barr and has not asked him to start an investigation into the Biden family. But it “certainly it would be an appropriate thing to” discuss with him, Trump said.
“Certainly it is a very big issue and we’ll see what happens. I have not spoken to him about it. Would I speak to him about it? I haven’t thought of that. I mean, you’re asking me a question I just haven’t thought of,” Trump said.
CNN’s Michael Warren contributed to this report.