It Appears Russia Knew What Giuliani Was Doing In Ukraine
Russian media analyst Julia Davis highlighted on Thursday that Russia appeared to have knowledge of Rudy Giuliani’s activity in Ukraine as early as May of this year.
Davis, who frequently tweets coverage of Russian state TV, posted on May 13 that Russian media had lied about the president’s personal attorney: “Rudy Giuliani was going to travel to #Ukraine for President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky's inauguration, but Trump personally directed him & any other official U.S. representatives not to attend the inauguration.”
But now, Davis notes that Russia appeared to have similar information that was revealed in the whistleblower complaint on Thursday, in which an intelligence community official said Trump directed Vice President Mike Pence to skip the inauguration.
“Oh my, the Russians weren't lying,” she tweeted on Thursday. “They knew what was taking place behind-the-scenes. The #WhistleblowerComplaint revealed that Trump personally instructed Pence not to attend the inauguration.”
The Washington Post quoted the whistleblower as saying: “I learned from U.S. officials that, on or around 14 May, the President instructed Vice President Pence to cancel his planned travel to Ukraine to attend President Zelenskyy’s inauguration on 20 May; Secretary of Energy Rick Perry led the delegation instead.”
The whistleblower also provided context for the vice president’s change of plans at Trump’s instruction: “During this same time frame, multiple U.S. officials told me that the Ukrainian leadership was led to believe that a meeting between the President and President Zelenskyy would depend on whether Zelenskyy showed willingness to ‘play ball’ on the issues that had been publicly aired by [former Ukraine prosecutor general Yuriy] Lutsenko and [Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W.] Giuliani.”
This means Russia was in the know about sensitive deliberations within the Trump administration and the activity of Trump’s personal attorney — which Giuliani previously admitted he kept the president informed about.