Before Giuliani canceled his trip, Democrats attacked Giuliani's plan, saying it amounted to an attempt to solicit foreign help to influence the 2020 election.
The change of plans came as advisers were urging the incoming Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian and political newcomer, not to meet with Mr. Giuliani, according to a person familiar with the conversations.
"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". The fact that we're not even done with this investigation of the last foreign interference in our election and Giuliani, apparently with the president's - at least initially (ph) - knowledge and blessing, was going to get the help of another foreign government in a presidential election.
The other regards the involvement of Hunter Biden, son of the 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden, in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. And in most recent days, Mr. Giuliani reached out thru intermediaries to inquire a gathering with Mr. Zelensky, he said, adding, "It's no longer confirmed but".
Schiff told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that if Trump wants to "go after" Biden, an early front-runner in the Democratic primary, he can do that, but "don't seek the help of a foreign government in your election".
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'm hearing it's a major scandal, major problem", Trump said on Fox News recently.
The latter is cited by some Republicans - stung by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe findings - to claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to help Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Rudy Giuliani speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona- August 13, 2016.
In the Times' original report about the Kiev visit, Giuliani said: "We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do".
On "This Week", Schiff referenced Mueller's investigation, questioning if there was "something wrong with" Giuliani and the president for thinking this wouldn't be inappropriate. Somebody could say it's improper.