2020-09-13 03:01:40 UTC
The Trump attorney claims he had no idea Andrii Derkach, who fed him baseless
dirt smearing presidential candidate Joe Biden, was working with the Kremlin.
In a wild interview Saturday, President Donald Trumps attorney Rudy Giuliani
insisted that he had absolutely no idea that one of his key sources in his smear
campaign against Joe Biden was a Russian spy interfering in the U.S.
Giuliani failed to explain on MSNBC how he allegedly missed all signs that
Ukrainian lawmaker and conspiracy-pusher Andrii Derkach was a Russian operative.
Youre a former prosecutor from the Southern District of New York, a former
mayor of New York City, you have a national security firm, host Jonathan
Capehart said. How could you not know that this person you were talking to was
a known Russian agent?
The Treasury Department revealed Thursday that Dekach was an active Russian
agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian
Derkach was sanctioned this week by Treasury for interfering in the current
election. He was a key source for baseless information touted by Giuliani and
Trump smearing Biden and his son, Hunter, over activities in Ukraine when Biden
was vice president.
Andrii Derkach and other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to
attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the
world, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Giuliani insisted: I dont know whats in the Treasury Department
investigation, nor have I ever seen any evidence that [Derkach] is or is not a
Russian agent. I dont know anything about that.
Giuliani later admitted, however, that bad people give you information. He
apparently remained unconcerned about the credibility of the information.
Florida businessman Ukrainian Lev Parnas, who worked with Giuliani to gather
attack information on Biden, said in a following MSNBC interview that it was
impossible for Giuliani not to know Derkach was a spy. Parnas is currently
facing charges of illegally funneling foreign cash into the Trump campaign.