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

Two operatives reporting to President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE’s attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMyPillow CEO says boycotts have cost him M Dominion targets MyPillow's Mike Lindell with .3B defamation suit Trump legal troubles may not be over despite Senate acquittal 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 BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears 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 ClintonCruz: Wife 'pretty pissed' about leaked Cancun texts CBC would back Young for OMB if Tanden falls Hillary Clinton to co-write political thriller MORE’s behalf in the 2016 election by leaking information on Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNew York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA Would Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts 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 BarrJustice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report Putting antifa and Black Lives Matter on notice Families of Pensacola naval station shooting victims sue Saudi Arabia MORE’s investigation of the origins of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.