Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into a $150,000 donation Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk made to then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015.
Documents related to the donation were turned over to investigators as part of a subpoena of the Trump Organization to obtain records regarding business with foreign nationals.
In a statement to the Times, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation said the donation was a “specific request” from the Trump Foundation. It was given when there were multiple candidates, and no one assured Pinchuk that Trump would be the Republican nominee.
People briefed on the exchange told the Times that Trump wasn’t involved in the payment directly nor did he request it.
It was reportedly set up as an honorarium by Cohen and Doug Schoen, who set up the event and previously worked as a political consultant for former President Bill Clinton.
Trump isn’t the only American politician Pinchuk has given money to, either. According to The New York Times, he donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation and lent his private plane to Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In 2011, Pinchuk attended the former president’s 65th birthday party in Los Angeles.
Schoen also reportedly arranged a dozen meetings between State Department officials on behalf of or with Pinchuk between September 2011 and November 2012.
The appearance that the alleged payment was in exchange for was the Yalta European Strategy conference, which has featured speakers including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation told the Times in a statement that it invited Trump in an effort to “promote strengthened and enduring ties between Ukraine and the West.”