- Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, said in an interview with The Daily Beast that there was a “50/50” chance that his associate, Ukrainian government official Andrii Derkach, was a “Russian spy”.
- Giuliani also confirmed that he had previously shared details of the stolen emails and data that Hunter Biden allegedly sent to the president and other top Republicans.
- As Business Insider previously reported, there are several red flags surrounding the alleged emails leaked and the New York Post reports, including whether the emails leaked are legitimate, how they were received, and who received them Has.
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Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City and one of President Donald Trump̵
“The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50,” said Giuliani, referring to his colleague, Ukrainian government official Andrii Derkach, whom the US Treasury Department called the US in September for his attempt to influence, to sanctions had intended electoral process.
The former mayor told The Daily Beast that he believed the sanctions against Derkach were the result of “an intelligence ploy aimed at trying to create problems for Trump.” The Daily Beast noted that some Giuliani employees have been arrested or otherwise barred from entering the United States by US law enforcement agencies.
When asked if he was concerned that the information he provided to the New York Post as part of its latest series of reports of stolen data from a hard drive allegedly belonging to Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, heard the result of the hacking of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings in 2019, where the younger Biden was on the board from 2014, Giuliani told the point of sale that it “doesn’t matter” and asked: “What’s the difference?”
As Business Insider previously reported, the New York Post’s coverage is filled with gaps and red flags raising questions about its authenticity, including whether the emails leaked are legitimate, how they were received, and who received them .
In its report, the New York Post said it was first made aware of the documents by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and received them from Guiliani, Business Insider previously reported. Giuliani said in an interview with The Daily Beast that he chose not to divulge the details of how he obtained the information because he believed the media would cover it, rather than the content of the stolen documents.
At the center of the emails is an alleged email from Biden’s son Hunter, now 50, allegedly showing him communicating with a Ukrainian official about meeting his father, Joe Biden, who was then Vice-President at the time. The elderly Biden told reporters on Friday that he believed the story was a “smear campaign”.
Also in the interview, Giuliani told The Daily Beast that he believed allegations or concerns that the recent leaks were part of a disinformation campaign organized by a foreign government were “a bunch of cops”. Giuliani, 76, also confirmed that he had previously informed President Trump of the contents of the leaked files.
“Sure, sure. The president knows all about it,” he told The Daily Beast, adding that other top Republicans such as Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio had been previously notified of the content of the hacked information, according to the message.