Joseph Bondy, a lawyer for Parnas, told CNN, however, that Parnas "at all times believed that he was acting only on behalf of the President, as directed by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and never on behalf of any Ukrainian officials".
He said he had spoken with him after the first day of the impeachment hearings Wednesday, when the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, and a top State Department official, George Kent, said Giuliani played a pivotal role in the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate both the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and a conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 USA elections.
The associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, pitched their company, and plans for a Poland-to-Ukraine pipeline carrying US natural gas, to Ukrainian officials and energy executives this year, and said the project had White House support, the newspaper said, citing people briefed on the meetings.
Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing in relation to his activities in Ukraine, claiming that he was simply doing his job as Trump's defense attorney.
Testimony from diplomats in the lead-up to this week's first public impeachment hearing has consistently pointed a finger of blame at Giuliani, who led the administration's secret effort to pressure the Ukrainians to launch a corruption investigation into Biden's son, Hunter.
The federal prosecutors, in NY, are examining whether Giuliani violated lobbying laws in connection with his Ukraine work, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the investigation.
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South Korea, Esper said, "is a wealthy country and could and should pay more" for the US military deployment. He said his country was prepared to pay a "fair and reasonable" amount.
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Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, who was also on the call, then interjected: "He's joking".
A lawyer for Fruman declined to comment, as did the White House, CNN reported.
Mr Parnas and Mr Fruman were arrested in October on charges of illegally funnelling money to United States politicians, including to an election committee for Mr Trump. They have pleaded not guilty.
"I am not a part of the ownership, or any other involvement with GEP", Giuliani said.
'I'm not sure this is very solid testimony, ' he said.
Bloomberg, citing three unnamed USA officials, on Thursday reported federal prosecutors in Manhattan were investigating Giuliani's financial dealings that could include possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent.