Federal investigators investigating Trump ally Rudy Giuliani’s relations with Ukraine uncover evidence that the president’s personal attorney and two attorneys working with him likely violated federal transparency laws while trying to get the country to investigate Hunter Biden.
According to the report of The Guardian, a federal investigation found that Giuliani, along with attorneys Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova, may have violated a law requiring Americans who work for foreign governments to register with the Department of Justice as agents foreigners and reveal the details of their work. .
The Ukrainian scandal is the reason former President Trump was first impeached for trying to influence prosecutors across the country to open an investigation into Hunter, son of President Joe Biden, as Trump has claimed without evidence that the then vice president pushed Ukraine to oust its attorney general because he was investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company on which Hunter Biden sat on board. People close to the investigation said The Guardian that three Ukrainian prosecutors had agreed to praise the merits of the Hunter Biden investigations, even if they were fabricated, have revealed deals with Giuliani and his colleagues.
According to the plan, Yuriy Lutsenko, the country’s attorney general, was to announce the reopening of an investigation into Burisma that would include the Bidens. A Lutsenko deputy would then head the part of the investigation relating to the Bidens and declare that there had been mischief. Finally, former Ukraine attorney general Viktor Shokin has publicly said he was fired because Biden wanted to end an earlier investigation into Burisma.
According to the draft contracts with the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, Giliani would have received $ 300,000 or $ 500,000 to help Lutsenko recover money from foreign bank accounts which Lutsenko said was owed to the Ukrainian government. Giuliani also recommended that Ukraine compensate Toensing and DiGenova with at least $ 250,000 to help publicize the charges against Biden and Burisma.
A draft service agreement from April 2019 cited by The Guardian says Toensing and DiGenova would help Lutsenko and one of his deputies, Konstantin Kulyk, find “evidence of illegal behavior in Ukraine relating to the United States”. A separate contract sent to former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Shokin said he would retain Toensing and DiGenova “for the purpose of gathering evidence regarding his March 2016 dismissal as Ukrainian Prosecutor General and the deputy’s role. -President Joe Biden in such a dismissal, and present that evidence to US and foreign authorities. Both contracts specified a provision of $ 125,000.
But those plans went up in smoke as soon as Ukraine elected a new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who was not so easily swayed by Lutsenko. Because of this, Trump felt the need to call Zelensky to try to force him to open an investigation into Burisma. This call is what ultimately led to his impeachment.
Giuliani, DiGenova, and Toensing are all caught up in an investigation led by New York’s Southern District. In April of this year, the FBI raided Giuliani’s home and office as well as Toensing’s home under search warrants that sought “warrant agreements with any Ukrainian national, including former Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko And “proof of knowledge of the laws of Fara,” laws that require transparency from Americans acting as agents of foreign governments. A warrant from Giuliani also requested communications between Toensing, DiGenova and Giuliani, a source who saw the warrant said The Guardian.