Rudy Giuliani, who serves as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, was reportedly in negotiations to work alongside Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, and the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in exchange for $200,000. This supposed arrangement was to occur simultaneously with President Trump’s inquiry into the Biden family, which has triggered a national scandal after a whistleblower came forward to report that the president had purportedly abused the power of his office in an apparent attempt to better his prospects of a 2020 win. This alleged oversight is the subject of an ongoing impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats.
According to the Boston Globe, Giuliani began talks with Lutsenko in early 2019 and had agreed to represent the Ukrainian official as he attempted to recover assets and sensitive information that were allegedly stolen from the Ukrainian government. This purportedly corroborates a May 9 story from The New York Times, where Giuliani told reporter Kenvogel Toensing that he had agreed to represent Lutsenko before rescinding his admission.
In purported meetings with Lutsenko, which supposedly took place in both New York and Warsaw, the former mayor of New York City reportedly began gathering information on senior Democrat and presidential contender, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter, for a campaign that could benefit President Trump in a 2020 presidential bid. Giuliani also supposedly sought information that would support the highly contested theory that Ukraine was involved in tampering with the integrity of the 2016 presidential election.
Rudy Giuliani has reportedly gone on record several times stating that he does not receive compensation from President Trump for his legal services. The allegations of collusion with Ukrainian officials expose several conflicts of interests and national security concerns: namely, that Giuliani could benefit financially from damaging information about a political adversary. There are also rising concerns that this would set a precedent that foreign governments could pay people adjacent to the administration for access to senior White House officials or the sitting president.
In testimony reported by The Inquisitr, Gordon Sondland, who previously served as the United States ambassador to the European Union, said that diplomats and senior officials within the United States government had received explicit directives from President Donald Trump to work with Giuliani.
According to a report from CNN, President Donald Trump began to distance himself from Giuliani in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, saying that he did not direct his attorney pursue any relationships with Ukrainian officials and thought that Giuliani had canceled the trip to Ukraine. He also mentioned that the former New York City mayor “has clients other than me.”
“I didn’t direct him but he’s a warrior, Rudy’s a warrior. He went, he possibly saw something. But you have to understand, Rudy has other people that he represents.”