Giuliani Wanted To Be Paid By Ukraine's Corrupt Ex-Prosecutor - Investigation Underway

Petro Poroshenko

Former Ukraine president reveals details of 2017 meeting with Rudy Giuliani

The acknowledgment is in apparent conflict with what Giuliani told CNN in October, when he said he did not think Firtash had information relevant to any of his efforts.

"No, I didn't direct him, but he is a warrior", Trump told O'Reilly, adding Giuliani "possibly saw something" and "he's done work in Ukraine for years".

The proposal was one of several floated between Giuliani and his associates and the Ukrainians at the time, according to the Times and another report in The Washington Post Tuesday.

"A US ambassador was recalled so that Rudy Giuliani could get a client - even if there weren't signed contracts here, Rudy Giuliani was doing business development by showing Lutsenko how far he could work on behalf of his client", national security analyst Samantha Vinograd said during an appearance on CNN Wednesday.

The people said that Giuliani began negotiations with Ukraine's top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, about a possible agreement in February.

Public testimony in the impeachment inquiry from multiple senior diplomats portrayed Giuliani as the driver behind Trump's pressure campaign to get Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden and a leading voice in the spread of debunked conspiracies that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.

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In the agreement, Giuliani's company would receive payment to represent Lutsenko as the Ukrainian sought to recover assets he believed had been stolen from the government in Kyiv, those familiar with the discussions said.

Giuliani acknowledged to the Times that he considered representing Lutsenko but decided against it.

Giuliani with Trump at a campaign rally in 2016.

But asked by O'Reilly what Giuliani did on his behalf in Ukraine, Trump said, "I don't even know".

Trump ultimately pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into the two issues during a July 25 phone call between the two leaders, a call that sparked a whistleblower complaint and the congressional impeachment inquiry.

In February, Giuliani's company even sent signed retainer paperwork to the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, seeking $300,000 for Giuliani's representation. In the interview, he called him "a warrior". "He wasn't living there and I didn't have time for gossip". "I don't know why you want to create that false impression".

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Wednesday morning that the White House was reviewing Nadler's letter.

Ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in the House's impeachment inquiry that Lutsenko, who participated in the Giuliani-led smear campaign against her, had tried to get a meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr and other American officials. "No money was ever received and no legal work was ever performed", he said.

The two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were charged this year in a campaign finance case.

But isn't Giuliani the president's personal lawyer? "The damage is done", a Republican National Committee official said.

Sessions has said he is cooperating with the investigation and did not have any knowledge of Parnas and Fruman's alleged scheme.

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