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Giuliani associate says he sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate Bidens

A lawyer representing an associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFormer Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE told The New York Times on Sunday that his client warned Ukrainian officials that the Trump administration would freeze military aid to Ukraine unless Kiev announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE and his son.

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According to the Times, Lev Parnas, who has found himself at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE, is planning to tell House Democrats that he traveled to Ukraine to warn top officials that military aid would be frozen and that Vice President Pence would not attend Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's inauguration were the announcement not made.

An attorney for Parnas did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Parnas's claim comes despite the president and other top administration officials insisting that military aid to Ukraine was never held up on the condition of Ukraine's government opening an investigation into Biden, a top contender for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.

Giuliani sharply disputed Parnas's claim in a statement to the Times.
 
"Categorically, I did not tell him to say that," he said.
 
Another associate of Giuliani's, Parnas's business partner Igor Fruman, also denied that the conversation took place, according to the Times.
 
The assertion from Giuliani's associate comes just days after White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE doubled down on the claim that no quid pro quo existed relating to Ukraine.
 
“The transcripts that were released ... show exactly what the president has been saying all along, and that is that he did nothing wrong and there was no quid pro quo,” Grisham said Tuesday on Fox Business Network.

“These transcripts are actually ... good for the president,” she added.
 
Parnas is scheduled to testify in the coming days as part of the House's impeachment inquiry, which centers around Trump's efforts to persuade Ukraine's government to investigate Biden as the former vice president runs for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination.
 
Democrats argue that the efforts constitute an attempt to solicit foreign assistance in a U.S. election and that the president's reported efforts to tie military aid to the issue were illegal.