Rudy Giuliani has denied concerns that his recent anti-Biden smears were part of meddling in foreign elections, but a Ukrainian lawmaker recently classified as an “active Russian agent” by the US Treasury Department is now calling for more details.
Andrii Derkach, a key player in Giuliani’s long-running dirt-digging mission against Joe Biden in Ukraine, piggybacks on the former New York mayor’s latest Biden smears – allegedly with a forgotten laptop. Derkach claimed on Facebook that there was a “second laptop”
The claim seems to tarnish the waters around Giuliani’s latest “smoking weapon” against Hunter Biden. He says they came to light after an obscure Delaware computer repair shop owner found Biden’s laptop in his possession and copied the hard drive before alerting federal agencies and inexplicably Giuliani’s own attorney. Now, with Derkach stepping in with “second laptop” claims, it would mean that private computer content allegedly linked to Hunter Biden has somehow got into the hands of three different parties: A media empire controlled by a Chinese billionaire who works closely with Steve Bannon; a casual Delaware shopkeeper openly advocating Trump; and Derkach, a trader in Ukrainian conspiracy theory who graduated from Moscow’s FSB Academy.
Derkach wrote about the questionable on Facebook New York Post Report based on unverified pictures of emails provided by Trump allies allegedly proving a corruption scheme by Biden and his son involving Ukrainian gas company Burisma. He then said there was a second laptop used by “two agents for the interests of [Burisma founder Mykola] Zlochevsky. “
“This laptop was handed over to the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies,” Derkach wrote, adding that Burisma officials who used the laptop were now “witnesses in criminal proceedings.” He said the witnesses were ready to testify about an international corruption program that included Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the gas company’s board of directors.
It has previously been reported that Russian intelligence agents successfully hacked Burisma computer networks over the past year, although it is not clear how much they were able to access and copy.
Despite the fact that Team Trump believes the public is a tremendous mountain of evidence, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden have been charged with wrongdoing, and Ukrainian prosecutors confirmed months ago that they had found no evidence of crime.
Derkach is no newcomer to the Biden saga. While teaming up with Trump allies such as Giuliani during the impeachment process, he repeatedly held press conferences in Kiev denouncing the former Vice President’s alleged evidence of corruption and claiming that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 elections. He also played a prominent role in an “Exposé” for the Trumpian One America News Network and met with Giuliani in Kiev last year as part of her anti-Biden mission. His claims have not been verified.
After Derkach was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department in September for acting as a foreign agent, Giuliani insisted that he had seen no “evidence” as to whether Derkach was a Russian agent or not.
He told The Daily Beast this week that he believed it was a mistake whether his partner in the Biden smear campaign was an active intelligence agent. “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50,” he said.
But US intelligence officials had started warning in spring 2019 that Derkach was part of Russian efforts to make their way into the US presidential election and spread the tale that Biden and his son were involved in nefarious programs of corruption overseas .
Giuliani’s allegations against Biden have grown dramatically since he began attacking Trump’s then suspected opponents in 2020 by claiming the former vice president unjustly evicted a Ukrainian prosecutor. After numerous “exposés” about Biden’s alleged abuse of power that were broadcast on the OAN, for the most part not met with much approval, Giuliani shifted his focus to Biden’s son Hunter, whom he has now classified as a “national security risk”.
Oddly enough, even Giuliani’s allegations against the younger Biden have been playing pinball everywhere, from his initial claim that Hunter used access to his father to fill his own pockets, to his very personal attacks on his admitted drug abuse battles, and perhaps most of them desperate his last smear Hunter Biden made of “disgusting sexual behavior”.