Giuliani consulted with Manafort on Ukraine info: report

Rudy Giuliani contacted President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE's imprisoned former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today 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 ClintonDemocrats seek leverage for trial Davis: Trump vs. Clinton impeachments – the major differences Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' 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) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump 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.

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