The Washington Post reports:
President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, negotiated earlier this year to represent Ukraine’s top prosecutor for at least $200,000 during the same months that Giuliani was working with the prosecutor to dig up dirt on vice president Joe Biden, according to people familiar with the discussions.
The people said that Giuliani began negotiations with Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, about a possible agreement in February.
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.
The New York Times reports:
In an interview on Wednesday, Mr. Giuliani played down the discussions. He said that a Ukrainian official approached him this year, seeking to hire him personally. Mr. Giuliani said he dismissed that suggestion, but spent about a month considering a separate deal with the Ukrainian government. He then rejected that idea. “I thought that would be too complicated,” Mr. Giuliani said. “I never received a penny.”
Prosecutors and F.B.I. agents in Manhattan are examining whether Mr. Giuliani was not just working for the president, but also doing the bidding of Ukrainians who wanted the ambassador removed for their own reasons, the people said.
It is a federal crime to try to influence the United States government at the request or direction of a foreign government, politician or party without registering as a foreign agent. Mr. Giuliani did not register as one, he has said, because he was acting on behalf of his client, Mr. Trump, not Ukrainians.
Breaking News: As Rudy Giuliani waged a public campaign to unearth damaging information in Ukraine about President Trump’s political rivals, he privately pursued contracts with Ukrainian officials, documents show https://t.co/2eZFm57mNs
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 27, 2019
Giuliani was in talks to be paid by Ukraine’s top prosecutor as they together sought damaging information on Democrats — @thamburger @PostRoz @mattzap on a very intricate swamp scheme https://t.co/YH1XEoxtK6
— Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) November 27, 2019