But Petro Poroshenko told a security conference in Halifax he and Rudy Giuliani talked only about USA support, and insisted Giuliani did not ask for anything in return.
"But you know, Rudy has other clients other than me".
Public testimony in the impeachment inquiry from multiple senior diplomats portrayed Giuliani as the driver behind Trump's pressure campaign to get Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden and a leading voice in the spread of debunked conspiracies that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 USA election. "All this is character assassination", Costello said, adding that he was not aware of an investigation by USA prosecutors into Giuliani, a former prosecutor and mayor of New York City.
It followed the indictment of two businessmen who have worked with Giuliani in his Ukraine pursuits-Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman-on allegations of campaign finance violations, specifically the covert funneling of foreign donations to American candidates.
"I thought that would be too complicated", Mr. Giuliani said.
The Democrats pursuing the impeachment inquiry against Trump say the phone call shows he used the office of president to forward his political ambitions.
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Giuliani's discussions with Ukrainian officials were far enough along that he prepared a retainer agreement on his company letterhead, Giuliani Partners, that he signed, according to The New York Times, which reviewed the document. A few months later, a new United States attorney general was selected.
"Like I said, that subpoena with eight crimes on it seems very specific, very far along to me". "He wasn't living there and I didn't have time for gossip".
"We have always stated that we agreed to represent Ukrainian whistle-blowers", Mark Corallo, a representative for the law firm of Ms. Toensing and Mr. diGenova, said in a statement on Wednesday.
He said that he was told it would be "impossible" for him to get the meeting without paying and that he continued to refuse. "No money was ever received and no legal work was ever performed", he said.
Two of Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were charged with funneling moneyfrom foreign entities to USA candidates to buy influence.
"Obvious campaign felony by [Giuliani] & the lawyers negotiating these contracts to coordinate manufacturing dirt on Biden", Shugerman wrote, adding, "timing of a $200K contract at precisely the moment Giuliani is pushing for Biden dirt is evidence of Giuliani's private coordination, not USA official diplomacy/public anti-corruption".
Graham also said in a tweet that he believes Hunter Biden was not held to the same standard a Republican would likely be subjected to for his work as a board member of a foreign company.
The indictment alleged Parnas and Fruman donated to a congressman to help advance their agenda.