President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, privately explored agreements with Ukrainian officials worth more than half a million dollars while working to get Ukraine to investigate the president’s political rivals, reports The New York Times.
Giuliani was in talks to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from both the Ukraine Ministry of Justice and the country’s top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, with whom he was working to take down Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, per a source who spoke with the Times.
Giuliani began negotiating with Lutsenko about an agreement for legal services in February at the same time he was gathering information on the Biden’s involvement in Ukraine and allegations that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. The payment: $200,000.
A separate retainer agreement drafted in March would have had Giuliani Partners, the former mayor’s firm, receive $300,000 from the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.
Giuliani is at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Federal prosecutors in New York have been investigating his dealings with associates Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas for possible crimes that include failure to register as a foreign agent and wire fraud.
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