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"I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he canceled a trip", the president continued.

The call, in which he also called for the 2016 election probe, was the subject of a whistleblower complaint that sparked the House's ongoing impeachment inquiry into the commander-in-chief, who has denied wrongdoing.

The talks occurred as Giuliani met with Lutsenko in NY in January and then in Warsaw in February while he was also gathering information from Lutsenko on two topics Giuliani believed could prove useful to Trump: the involvement of Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine, and allegations that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, had interfered in the 2016 election.

"I in actual fact comprise no longer seen any subpoena that looks for communications or documents from Mayor Giuliani or Giuliani Companions", mentioned Robert Costello, a attorney for Giuliani.

Speaking in Ukrainian, Lutsenko said that Giuliani at first agreed he could help make the connection but that he never did.

"T$3 hat information will be very, very helpful to my client", he predicted, "and may turn out to be helpful to my government".

Giuliani acknowledged to the Times that he considered representing Lutsenko but decided against it. "My only client is the president of the United States", Giuliani said.

Zelensky, elected in April, told reporters that Ukraine did not interfere in the elections or the geopolitics of the United States.

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Giuliani backed up Trump's claims in a press release.

O'Reilly again pressed Mr. Trump on whether he had asked Giuliani to travel to Ukraine, or to pressure the USA ally.

"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 U.S. official diplomacy/public anti-corruption". "I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General".

"No, I didn't direct him, but he is a warrior, he is a warrior", Mr Trump told Mr O'Reilly in an interview streamed on the Internet on Tuesday (Nov 26). Rudy went, he possibly saw something. That's the Trump way, and there's a reason the president and Giuliani are so close.

The Post reported that Giuliani negotiated a contract earlier this year to represent Yuri Lutsenko, then Ukraine's top prosecutor, for at least $200,000. He said there had been no change in Trump and Giuliani's relationship.

The president's own conversations suggest he had entrusted Giuliani with helping to carry out the campaign to pressure the Ukrainians.

Giuliani and his consultancy business are under scrutiny by the U.S. Attorney for the SDNY, an office he used to lead when he was a prosecutor before later becoming mayor of the city. "Plus at this point, it's like, doesn't he know too much?" I never met him. "They speak all the time", Costello said. They came to the US and gave it to me. "This is not about getting Joe Biden in trouble".

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