Published: Fri, November 29, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Giuliani Pursued Business in Ukraine While Pushing for Inquiries for Trump

Giuliani Pursued Business in Ukraine While Pushing for Inquiries for Trump

"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". Trump repeatedly told diplomats to talk to Giuliani regarding Ukraine. One proposal signed by Mr Giuliani in February involved the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

"T$3 hat information will be very, very helpful to my client", he predicted, "and may turn out to be helpful to my government".

None of the agreements were reportedly executed, though one of the drafts was signed by Giuliani.

"He never did and I never did", Giuliani told the outlet. During his public testimony, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told lawmakers there was a quid pro quo for Ukraine to announce investigations into Mr Trump's political opponents, which came from Mr Giuliani at the "express direction of the President".

This is getting so bad for @RudyGiuliani that he's now getting embroiled in a set of side scandals all his own. Rudy Giuliani was apparently doing wrong in Ukraine. "But you have to understand, Rudy, has other people that he represents", Mr. Trump said.

The better question is, why wouldn't he?

These negotiations took place early in 2019 - shortly before Giuliani put the prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, in contact with John Solomon, a right-wing American journalist at The Hill.

"I think he's done work in Ukraine for years", Trump said during an interview for former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly's "No Spin News" program. He says he's not lobbying for them in the United States.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in September, "If you are asking separately if the President has asked the AG to investigate Biden, the answer is no". Lutsenko used this access to influence United States policy towards Ukraine, helping to force the ousting of Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who criticized Lutsenko; his training of senior Trump administration officials may have also contributed to his efforts to retain his post following the election of President Volodymyr Zelensky in April. The New York Times reveals that while the president's personal attorney was pushing false conspiracy theories and pressuring that country to deliver what his boss wanted, he was also pursuing lucrative business deals on the side, even with Ukrainian officials, potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. "No money was ever received and no legal work was ever performed", he said.

The Times' report comes as federal prosecutors are slated to meet with executives from Naftogaz - the Ukraine energy giant at the center of a federal investigation into Giuliani and two Soviet-born associates' dealings.

Two of Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were charged with funneling money from foreign entities to US candidates to buy influence.

The indictment alleged Parnas and Fruman donated to a congressman to help advance their agenda. Witnesses also identified Lutsenko as the Ukrainian official who appeared to be advocating for Yovanovitch's removal.

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