Giuliani consulted with Manafort on Ukraine info: report

Rudy Giuliani contacted President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE's imprisoned former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNew York City lawmakers vote to close Rikers Island jail by 2026 Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report Cuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon 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 ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren MORE, a leading 2020 candidate.