In a raucous interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday, Rudy Giuliani denied asking Ukraine to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, moments before admitting that he did indeed ask the nation to look into a matter that Biden was involved in "tangentially."
Confronted on his contradiction, Giuliani called CNN's Cuomo a "sellout" and part of the Democratic National Committee. The two argued for a full 30 minutes.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN: Did you ask the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?
RUDY GIULIANI, PRESIDENT TRUMP ATTORNEY: No, actually I didn't. I asked 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 already --
CUOMO: You never asked anything about Hunter Biden? You never asked anything about Joe Biden to the prosecutor?
GIULIANI: The only thing I asked is to get to the bottom of how it was that Lutsenko, the guy who was appointed dismissed the case against AntAC.
CUOMO: So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?
GIULIANI: Of course I did.
CUOMO: You just said you didn't.
GIULIANI: No, I didn't ask them to look into Joe Biden. I asked them to look into the allegations which related to my client which tangentially involved Joe Biden in a massive bribery scheme, not unlike what he did in China. You explained to me how the kid got $1.5 billion from China.
CUOMO: I have no problem with you launching allegations, but just be careful about what you say. I asked you did you look Ukraine to look at Joe Biden? You said no. Then you went on to say that you did. It's all -- it's all recorded.
GIULIANI: No, I didn't say that. What I said was this. I asked them to investigate the allegations that relate to the false charges against the president of the United States. Those allegations tangentially involve Biden --
CUOMO: So your answer should have been yes.
GIULIANI: Let me finish, Chris! Let me finish! And don't try to interrupt because you don't like the answer.
CUOMO: I don't like evasiveness.
GIULIANI: I don't want you to distort what I'm saying because you're totally biased.
CUOMO: I'm not biased.
GIULIANI: You are.
CUOMO: Why would I have you on if I'm biased?
GIULIANI: Because it is sad to watch what's happened to you. It's sad.
CUOMO: Sad what happened to me?
GIULIANI: You're a sellout.
CUOMO: I'm a sellout?
GIULIANI: You are a sellout.
CUOMO: You are telling me I'm a sellout?
GIULIANI: These are crimes of major proportions and because they're Democrats, you won't cover it. $1.5 million investment in China by Biden's private equity fund.
CUOMO: I'm not saying these things shouldn't be looked at.
GIULIANI: And Whitey Bulger's nephew. Do you know that they were partners with Whitey Bulger's nephew? That's outrageous. And your corrupt media won't cover it because he's a Democrat.
CUOMO: Rudy, I can't just cover something because you say I should. That's not the way it works.