Trump says he didn't direct Giuliani's Ukraine efforts. Witnesses say otherwise

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Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, played a central role in seeking the political investigations that are at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry.Trump is thought to have made Giuliani responsible for seeking announcements from Ukraine that it would investigate Joe Biden, a domestic political rival of Trump's, as well as an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election.Parnas, a Florida-based businessman, was said to be a key part of Giuliani's investigation, helping the former New York mayor broker contacts with Ukrainian officials.Parnas was arrested in October alongside another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, on charges of illegally channeling foreign money into GOP election campaigns, an investigation separate from the impeachment probe.

A file photo shows President Donald Trump greeting Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, N.J., November 20, 2016. But if there's nothing there I'll be the first one to say there's nothing there.

"The conversation I had was with Firtash's American lawyer, a former colleague of mine, and after a two -hour meeting, I concluded Firtash had no direct knowledge about Ukraine 2016", he added.

"Rudy has other clients, other than me", Mr Trump said. Trump, who denies wrongdoing, faces impeachment over his alleged misconduct.

Witnesses have told lawmakers that Giuliani played a central role in pushing a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 USA election and a disputed theory that Joe Biden, as vice president, pushed Ukraine to dismiss its top prosecutor to prevent him from looking into a Ukrainian company where Biden's son sat on the board.

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

Zelensky, elected in April, told reporters that Ukraine did not interfere in the elections or the geopolitics of the United States. Giuliani ultimately canceled the trip after political blowback.

Costello declined to comment on what directions Trump had given Giuliani on Ukraine, citing attorney-client privilege.

"Obvious campaign felony by [Giuliani] & the lawyers negotiating these contracts to coordinate manufacturing dirt on Biden", Shugerman wrote, adding, "timing of a $200K contract at precisely the moment Giuliani is pushing for Biden dirt is evidence of Giuliani's private coordination, not United States official diplomacy/public anti-corruption".

"No, I didn't direct him but he's a warrior, Rudy's a warrior. Rudy Giuliani just walked into the Oval Office, and we don't even know if he told President Trump that he had these conflicts of interest". Rudy went, he possibly saw something.

The loyalty may be real, but others provided a more skeptical reason for Giuliani's ability to hang around.

Which brings me to this: A WHOLE lot happened on July 25 regarding the almost $400 million in military aid that the United States withheld from Ukraine over several months this summer and early fall.

Giuliani's discussions with Ukrainian officials were far enough along that he prepared a retainer agreement on his company letterhead, Giuliani Partners, that he signed, according to The New York Times, which reviewed the document.

A phone call between Zelensky and Trump is at the center of attempts to impeach the U.S. leader. "If you could speak to him that would be great". I don't represent him. "Plus at this point, it's like, doesn't he know too much?"

Giuliani told the publication that he had never served as a lobbyist or agent of a foreign government. "I never received a penny".

"I have yet to find anybody that's actually seen the subpoenas", Giuliani's attorney, Robert Costello, told CNBC.

For Lutsenko, the agreement would have provided a pipeline to Trump's lawyer and, through him, potentially to other top USA officials.

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