Andriy Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat and associate of Giuliani, wrote on Twitter Friday that Giuliani was “prepping for tomorrow another hard working day” meeting former Ukrainian prosecutors Yuriy Lutsenko and Viktor Shokin.
“To all conspiracy theorist there is no secret on what we are doing,” Telizhenko wrote. “The TRUTH will come out. God Bless Ukraine and God Bless the United States of America.”
Giuliani, however, told CNN’s Dana Bash Friday morning ET that he was no longer in Ukraine. He did not divulge his current whereabouts.
On Thursday, another Giuliani associate, Ukrainian lawmaker Aleksander Dubinsky, wrote on his Telegram blog he also had a meeting with Giuliani in Kiev. According to Dubinsky, the two discussed an initiative to set up an investigative commission with Ukraine’s parliament looking into corruption cases.
“Accepted a meeting invitation from Rudy Giuliani,” the post states. “I told him about our plans to create an investigative commission within our parliament, the main purpose of which will be an investigation of the facts of theft of billions of dollars from the Ukrainian budget during the presidency of [Petro] Poroshenko and [Viktor] Yanukovych,” former Ukrainian presidents.
Dubinsky’s ally, lawmaker Andrii Derkach, also met with Giuliani on Thursday and said he invited Giuliani to help set up an anti-corruption group in the Ukrainian parliament to investigate “the effectiveness” of US financial aid to Ukraine.
Ukrainian political activists and anti-corruption experts say Derkach and Dubinsky have suspicious political motives. They are politically marginal figures who have pushed publicly for a probe into a theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 US presidential election to aid Democrats.
When asked about the trip, Giuliani’s spokeswoman Christianné Allen said his work was “still confidential.”
“What Mr. Giuliani is doing at this point is still confidential and is for the sole purpose of proving his clients’ innocence. In doing so, he will prove that this latest farce is even more baseless and malicious than the first attempted coup takedown. Once all individuals have returned safely to the United States, we will reveal the significant witnesses involved,” Allen said in a statement to CNN earlier this week.
“The President leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for his own benefit,” she said in an announcement.