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

Two operatives reporting to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE’s attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official Trump doubles down on Jewish controversy Trump retweets baby elephant video 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 BidenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' 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 ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump MORE’s behalf in the 2016 election by leaking information on Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer 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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Correctional officers subpoenaed in Epstein investigation: report Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision MORE’s investigation of the origins of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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.