David Holmes said he became aware in the spring that President Trump's personal lawyer "was taking a direct role in Ukrainian diplomacy."
Holmes said Ivan Bakanov, who was Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's childhood friend and campaign chair, told him “someone named Giuliani who said he was an adviser to the Vice President" had contacted him.
Holmes said Giuliani's activities were brought up during a meeting about Zelensky's inauguration:
Over the following months, it became apparent that Mr. Giuliani was having a direct influence on the foreign policy agenda that the Three Amigos were executing on the ground in Ukraine. In fact, at one point during a preliminary meeting of the inauguration Delegation, someone wondered aloud about why Mr. Giuliani was so active in the media with respect to Ukraine. My recollection is that Ambassador Sondland stated, “Dammit Rudy. Every time Rudy gets involved he goes and f---s everything up.”
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