Giuliani consulted with Manafort on Ukraine info: report

Rudy Giuliani contacted President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE's imprisoned former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump turns to immigration; primary day delays expected GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe Will the 'law and order' president pardon Roger Stone? MORE through the federal prison's lawyer several times in recent months, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. 

The paper reported that Giuliani contacted Manafort for information about Giuliani's theory that Ukraine supported Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Hillary Clinton: 'I would have done a better job' handling coronavirus MORE in her unsuccessful 2016 presidential race against President Trump. 

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The report comes amid allegations from a whistleblower complaint that Giuliani was part of Trump's effort to solicit foreign interference from Ukraine into the 2020 election. 

The Hill reached out to Giuliani's lawyer Jon Sale for comment. 

Manafort resigned from the campaign after a New York Times story revealed in August 2016 that a secret back ledger, which the paper had obtained, recorded $12.7 million in cash payments from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's political party to Manafort, the Post noted. 

Giuliani told the Post his communication with Manafort centered on figuring out the veracity of the reported ledger. 

The Post reported that Giuliani’s theory is centered on allegations that the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of Clinton through a Ukrainian American contract worker for the Democratic National Committee. 

In his theory, Giuliani also claims the ledger was released as part of a falsified pretext for U.S. authorities to reopen a case against Manafort. 

But the Post reported that the FBI had opened a case against Manafort before the 2016 election, interviewing him in 2013 and 2014 about his work in Ukraine. 

Manafort is serving a term of 7 ½ years in federal prison in Pennsylvania over tax and financial fraud that was revealed during former 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. The allegations are related to Manafort’s work in Kiev for the political party of Yanukovych, the Post noted. 

Giuliani acknowledged his alliance with Manafort in interviews this week with the Post, according to the paper’s report.

The House launched a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump last week after a whistleblower complaint was filed.

A partial memo of a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump asking the foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE, a leading 2020 candidate.