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Ukraine lawmaker met Giuliani to discuss misuse of US taxpayer money

KIEV: An independent Ukrainian lawmaker said on Thursday he had met U.S. President Donald Trump s personal lawyer in Kiev to discuss the alleged misuse of U.S. taxpayer money by Ukrainian state bodies.In a statement on Facebook accompanied by photos of the meeting, Andriy Derkach said the two had discussed the creation of an inter-parliamentary group to fight corruption.As Trump faces an impeachment inquiry led by House of Representative Democrats into whether he abused his office by pressing Ukraine to investigate a political rival, the U.S. president and his allies have sought to reject that by saying Trump is interested in the wider issue of corruption in Ukraine.As first reported by the New York Times, lawyer Rudy Giuliani has traveled to Budapest and Kiev this week to meet current and former Ukrainian officials for a documentary series amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry.The meetings also include a former top prosecutor whose activities were documented in a whistleblower report that sparked the impeachment inquiry.Giuliani could not be reached for immediate comment. Ukraine is central to the impeachment inquiry because of allegations that Trump abused his power to pressure its president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his possible Democratic rival in the 2020 presidential race.Trump has called the inquiry a partisan witch hunt and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has denied being pressured by Trump. Unfortunately, our country has been at the center of scandals about international corruption, Derkach wrote in a statement on Facebook after meeting Giuliani. Among other things, there are facts about the inefficient use of American taxpayers money by representatives of Ukrainian state bodies. Giuliani has alleged that Biden, while in office in 2016, pushed for the firing of Ukraine s top prosecutor Viktor Shokin to end an investigation into Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where Biden s son Hunter was a board member.

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