President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has worked with the now-imprisoned Paul Manafort in recent months as he investigates whether Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.
According to The Washington Post, Giuliani sought information from Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, through his legal team.
At the center of Giuliani's investigation is whether a black ledger that showed the political party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych paid Manafort $12.7 million in cash actually exists. Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign after details of the ledger were published in August 2016.
The Post reported that Giuliani has not spoken with Manafort directly in two years, but the pair has communicated through Manafort's lawyers about the Ukraine matter. Manafort, who is serving time for tax and financial fraud and is slated to be released in late 2024, reportedly told his lawyers that the ledger did not exist.
The ledger, as the Post noted, was not part of Manafort's 2018 trial in Virginia.
Giuliani has come under fire for his efforts to find a link between Democrats and Ukraine as he chases reports that suggest Ukraine tried to help Democrat Hillary Clinton defeat Trump in 2016. The Democrat-led House opened an impeachment inquiry against Trump last week over allegations that he tried to use his office for political reasons — to force Ukraine to investigate corruption claims against former Vice President Joe Biden and whether the Ukrainian government assisted Clinton.
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