Russian Agent Who Gave Ron Johnson Fake Biden ‘Dirt’ Had His Visa Revoked
Last month, the State Department revoked the visa of Andrii Telizhenko, a Ukrainian political operative who says he gave Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) information for his probe of Joe Biden, The Washington Post reports.
Telizhenko told The Post in September that he cooperated extensively with Johnson’s probe. This included handing over “more than 100 emails,” which were drawn mainly from Telizhenko’s previous work at the Ukraine embassy.
Johnson denied the allegation and said the Democrats were smearing him to discredit the report. The report said Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma gave the appearance of a conflict of interest but it failed to demonstrate that his involvement with the Ukrainian gas firm changed U.S. policy toward Ukraine or influenced Joe Biden’s actions in any way.
Democrats have accused Johnson of laundering Russian disinformation ahead of the election
The revocation of Ukrainian fixer Andrii Telizhenko’s visa comes as U.S. officials crack down on Russian efforts to influence the November vote. The revocation, which hasn’t previously been reported, came shortly before the Treasury Department sanctioned a different Ukrainian who was cooperating with Giuliani — lawmaker Andriy Derkach — and dubbed Derkach an “active Russian agent for over a decade” and said he was trying to interfere in the election, the U.S. officials said.
Telizhenko also has worked with Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, to dig up information in Ukraine that would damage Biden’s presidential campaign.