Rudy Giuliani contacted President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE's imprisoned former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home 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 ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE in her unsuccessful 2016 presidential race against President Trump.
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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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 BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE, a leading 2020 candidate.