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Me: Donald Trump’s legal team took a detour during Monday’s impeachment trial to mount a vigorous, if tangential, defense of the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, whom House impeachment managers have described as a key figure in the pressure campaign against Ukraine. Trump lawyer Jane Raskin downplayed Giuliani’s role as an unofficial presidential envoy to the Ukraine government, while lauding him as a “national hero” for his leadership of New York City after 9/11. “In this trial, in this moment, Mr. Giuliani is just a minor player, that shiny object designed to distract you,” Trump lawyer Jane Raskin said on the Senate floor. “Senators, I urge you most respectfully, do not be distracted.” On the July 25 phone call that sparked the impeachment inquiry, Trump directed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to meet with Giuliani regarding the investigations Trump sought into former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s supposed role in influencing the 2016 election. But Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine on Trump’s behalf stretched back at least a year earlier to a campaign to get the U.S. ambassador to Kiev fired.