Giuliani was so gung-ho “that everybody [in the IC who knew about it] was talking about how hard it was going to be to try to get him to stop, to take seriously the idea that he was being used as a conduit for misinformation”…
The warnings were based on multiple sources, including intercepted communications, that showed Giuliani was interacting with people tied to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine, where he was gathering information that he thought would hurt the Bidens
The intelligence raised concerns that Giuliani was being used to feed Russian misinformation to TRUMP
The former officials said Giuliani was not a target of U.S. surveillance while in Ukraine but was dealing with suspected Russian assets who were, leading to the capture of some of his communications.

Earlier in 2019, U.S. intelligence also had WARNED in WRITTEN materials sent to the White House that Giuliani, in his drive for information about the Bidens, WAS COMMUNICATING with RUSSIAN assets.
Several senior administration officials “all had a common understanding” that RUDYCOLLUDY was being TARGETED by the RUSSIANS

🚨That group included Attorney General William P. Barr, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and White Counsel Pat Cipollone.

So Barr and Cipollone knew
Giuliani said:
he was never informed that Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian lawmaker in Ukraine whom he met on Dec. 5 in Kyiv, was a Russian intelligence asset.

Giuliani said
he “only had secondary information and I was not considering him a witness.”
Giuliani met again
with Derkach in NY 2mo later,
hosting him on his podcast

Giuliani has
promoted Derkach’s unsubstantiated claims about the Bidens

Giuliani described Derkach as “very helpful.”
September, Treasury sanctioned Derkach for allegedly running an “influence campaign” against Joe Biden, calling the Ukrainian “an active Russian agent for over a decade” who has maintained “close connections with Russian intelligence services.”
ODNI publicly described Derkach as part of a Russian effort to interfere with the 2020 election by smearing Biden.

ODNI accused Derkach of “spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine” Biden and the Democrats.
🚨Trump’s willingness to meet with Giuliani despite warnings about Russian influence smacked of the collusion allegations that dogged the president after the 2016 election.
Giuliani was not shy about his pursuit of info that might damage Biden, taking a documentary film crew from the right-wing OANN to Ukraine when he met with Derkach.

Giuliani claimed
that Trump had directed him to share his findings with DOJ and Senate Republicans.
Officials’ fears about what Giuliani might tell TRUMP were compounded by Trump’s generally furious reaction to negative intelligence about Russia and its efforts to influence U.S. politics.
As TRUMP has found himself behind in the polls, RUDYCOLLUDY seems to be his bestie

Giuliani has visited the WH for debate prep

given DT tips on his response to the pandemic

promoted hydroxychloroquine

discussed what political events & rallies he thinks Trump should hold
Giuliani also was a major source of information during the impeachment, when Trump tried to rebut allegations of abuse of power by airing false allegations about Biden
During his impeachment trial in the Senate, Trump denied sending Giuliani to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden

afterwards, Trump reversed himself, acknowledging in a podcast interview with Geraldo Rivera that

📌he had directed Giuliani to go to Ukraine.

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