Giuliani consulted with Manafort on Ukraine info: report

Rudy Giuliani contacted President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's imprisoned former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDemocratic impeachment investigators looking at whether Trump misled Mueller Gates sentencing set for next month Yovanovitch says John Solomon's columns were used to push false allegations 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 ClintonThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race In 2020, democracy will be decided at the margins Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award 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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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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