U.S. Intel Warned WH Russia Was Targeting Giuliani To Feed Trump Misinformation
The Washington Post reports that the White House was warned last year by U.S. intelligence officials that Rudy Giuliani was the target of a Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to President Donald Trump.
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.
- The warnings “led national security adviser Robert O’Brien to caution Trump in a private conversation that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine should be considered contaminated by Russia, one of the former officials said."
- One of the former officials said the message was, “Do what you want to do, but your friend Rudy has been worked by Russian assets in Ukraine.”
- Trump reportedly “shrugged his shoulders” at O’Brien’s warning and dismissed concerns over Giuliani.
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.
- Senior administration officials who “all had common understanding” that the Russians were targeting Giuliani reportedly included Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.