Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report

Two operatives reporting to President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE’s attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE established a back channel between him and Ukrainian officials, according to a BuzzFeed News report.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman met with top figures in Ukraine and set up meetings for Giuliani in an attempt to gather information to use in the 2020 presidential election, according to the publication.

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Their activities included pushing Ukrainian prosecutors to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE, who is the current front-runner in the Democratic primary. The report also says that Ukrainian officials planned to intercede on former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE’s behalf in the 2016 election by leaking information on Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE.

Giuliani strongly disputes the claims made in the BuzzFeed report, indicating the media is looking to protect Biden, who is the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. 

He told The Hill Monday, "This is a pathetic effort to cover up what are enormous allegations of criminality by the Biden family."

In March, about a month after a meeting with Parnas, Fruman and Giuliani, prosecutors in Kiev announced they would investigate certain officials in connection with trying to rig the election for Clinton, which Trump himself touted in an interview with Fox News.

Parnas has said he also expects information the two obtained to play a major role in Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election Speeches aren't enough: Biden must ditch bipartisanship, endorse ending filibuster MORE’s investigation of the origins of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate 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 Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation, according to BuzzFeed.

“It’s all going to come out,” he told the publication. “Something terrible happened and we’re finally going to get to the bottom of it.”

Parnas told BuzzFeed he and Fruman did not draw a salary for working as liaisons between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials.

“All we were doing was passing along information,” he told BuzzFeed. “Information was coming to us — either I bury it or I pass it on. I felt it was my duty to pass it on."

He told the publication the back channel was initiated on the Ukrainian end, with officials telling him and Fruman that they needed connections to meet with U.S. officials and knew Parnas was acquainted with Giuliani.

Giuliani told The Hill he does not know if the Department of Justice is looking into the Biden controversy. But he added that if tens of millions of dollars have been spent on multiple "completely fraudulent" allegations of collusion, "you'd think there would be one investigation of the Bidens."

This article was updated at 6:08 p.m.