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It Sure Looks Like Rudy Giuliani Offered Ukrainian Oligarch a Quid Pro Quo for Help With Trump's Ukraine Shakedown

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Latest appointee to President Donald Trump's legal team and former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani attends the Conference on Iran on May 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Over one thousand delegates from representing Iranian communities from forty states attends the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and Democracy. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Talk of a "quid pro quo" has dominated the nation these past three months as President Donald Trump's impeachment woes loom heavier.

Multiple people have already confirmed that the Trump administration withheld crucial congressionally-approved military assistance for Ukraine in exchange for Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky publicly announcing an investigation into the President's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.


Another confirmation emerged in a New York Times report on Monday when Kremlin-linked Ukrainian energy tycoon Dmytro Firtash said that the President's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, indirectly offered to help Firtash quash his Justice Department problems in the U.S. in exchange for leading him to information on Biden.

Firtash claims he met with now-indicted Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman in June, where the two urged him to hire Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensin, two lawyers close to Trump, to dig up dirt on Biden. Parnas's lawyer confirmed the meeting took place at Giuliani's request.

Firtash later paid the lawyers $1.2 million and they soon met with Attorney General William Barr to defend their new client. However, the whistleblower complaint that spurred impeachment proceedings against the President had already been released, leading Barr to send the lawyers "back to Chicago" where the racketeering charges against Firtash originated.

Firtash claims he was a victim of political division in the United States:

“Without my will and desire...I was sucked into this internal U.S. fight.”

Firtash's claims add a whole other layer to Giuliani's and Trump's corrupt efforts in using the United States government to pressure Ukraine into doing opposition research on Trump's political opponents.

Firtash claims he had no information on Biden. The Austrian Minister of Justice finalized Firtash's extradition from Austria to the United States back in July, but the defense asked for the case against him to be reopened, stalling the extradition in court.

Firtash still hasn't been extradited.