This may seem very familiar and there's a good reason for that.
The Washington Post reports that during interviews with Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani has openly admitted that he's being paid to lobby on behalf of foreign governments and entities while he's representing Trump.
Giuliani said in recent interviews with The Washington Post that he is working with clients in Brazil and Colombia, among other countries, as well as delivering paid speeches for a controversial Iranian dissident group. He has never registered with the Justice Department on behalf of his overseas clients, asserting it is not necessary because he does not directly lobby the U.S. government and is not charging Trump for his services.
His decision to continue representing foreign entities also departs from standard practice for presidential attorneys, who in the past have generally sought to sever any ties that could create conflicts with their client in the White House.
Who else lobbied on behalf of foreign governments while working for Trump for free?
Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller for operating as foreign agents without registering with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Paul Manafort also worked for Trump's campaign for "free."
Giuliani says he doesn't need to register as a foreign agent because he's not lobbying the government, but how do we know that's true? How do we know that's not the entire reason he's representing Trump for free? We have no idea what Trump and Giuliani talk about when no one else is around.
Just because Paul Manafort wasn't paid by Trump, and just because Rudy Giuliani isn't getting paid by Trump, doesn't mean they aren't getting paid by someone and somehow.