Two operatives reporting to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week Piers Morgan, Rudy Giuliani in furious debate over Trump: ‘You sound completely barking mad’ Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE established a back channel between him and Ukrainian officials, according to a BuzzFeed News report.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman met with top figures in Ukraine and set up meetings for Giuliani in an attempt to gather information to use in the 2020 presidential election, according to the publication.
Their activities included pushing Ukrainian prosecutors to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, who is the current front-runner in the Democratic primary. The report also says that Ukrainian officials planned to intercede on former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE’s behalf in the 2016 election by leaking information on Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe Will the ‘law and order’ president pardon Roger Stone? Trump taps Lewandowski, Bossie for Commission on Presidential Scholars MORE.
Giuliani strongly disputes the claims made in the BuzzFeed report, indicating the media is looking to protect Biden, who is the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
He told The Hill Monday, “This is a pathetic effort to cover up what are enormous allegations of criminality by the Biden family.”
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In March, about a month after a meeting with Parnas, Fruman and Giuliani, prosecutors in Kiev announced they would investigate certain officials in connection with trying to rig the election for Clinton, which Trump himself touted in an interview with Fox News.
Parnas has said he also expects information the two obtained to play a major role in Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ MORE’s investigation of the origins of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation, according to BuzzFeed.
“It’s all going to come out,” he told the publication. “Something terrible happened and we’re finally going to get to the bottom of it.”
Parnas told BuzzFeed he and Fruman did not draw a salary for working as liaisons between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials.
“All we were doing was passing along information,” he told BuzzFeed. “Information was coming to us — either I bury it or I pass it on. I felt it was my duty to pass it on.”
He told the publication the back channel was initiated on the Ukrainian end, with officials telling him and Fruman that they needed connections to meet with U.S. officials and knew Parnas was acquainted with Giuliani.
Giuliani told The Hill he does not know if the Department of Justice is looking into the Biden controversy. But he added that if tens of millions of dollars have been spent on multiple “completely fraudulent” allegations of collusion, “you’d think there would be one investigation of the Bidens.”
This article was updated at 6:08 p.m.