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Rudy Giuliani blabs to Fox News' Sean Hannity his Ukraine talks were ordered by the State Department

Rudy Giuliani has another explanation for his talks with the Ukrainian government.

Continuing his media sweep to reveal more things he probably shouldn't about his dealings with Ukraine, President Trump's lawyer appeared on Fox News' Hannity on Monday night. There, Giuliani insisted — albeit with a stutter — that his quest to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden was actually a State Department "mission."

Giuliani has slowly come to insist that yes, he asked Ukraine officials to find information about Hunter Biden and his work with a Ukrainian company. Trump has said he talked to Ukraine about the Bidens as well. But Hannity seemed to try to spin Giuliani's actions as a noble cause on Monday, asking "Did our State Department ask you to go on a mission for them?" "They did. The State Department called me and said would I take a call" from Andriy Yermak, a top aide to now-President Volodymyr Zelensky, Giuliani said — something he also told The Wall Street Journal a few days ago.

As MSNBC's Chris Hayes said in a tweet responding to the clip, it's not as if Giuliani is describing a bold State Department mission — it's actually "much more scandalous."