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Washington Post: FBI warned Rudy Giuliani directly of Russian influence campaign

April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Rudy Giuliani was warned by the FBI in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation intended to damage now-President Joe Biden in the 2020 election by spreading falsehoods, The Washington Post reported Thursday night.

Washington (CNN)Rudy Giuliani was warned by the FBI in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation intended to damage now-President Joe Biden in the 2020 election by spreading falsehoods, The Washington Post reported Thursday night.

Despite the reported warning, Giuliani continued on his mission to find damaging information on the Bidens, met with Kremlin-tied associates who were attempting to influence the 2020 election, and publicly pushed misleading and unsubstantiated claims that were part of a Russia disinformation campaign.

The Post reported that the FBI also gave a "defensive briefing" last August to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who, as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security committee at the time, was leading an investigation into the Bidens for Hunter Biden's role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

"Regarding reports that I received an FBI briefing warning me that I was a target of Russian disinformation, I can confirm I received such a briefing in August of 2020," the Wisconsin Republican said.

Despite the FBI's warning in 2019, Giuliani still decided to travel to Ukraine in December 2019, the Post reported, where he met with Andrii Derkach, a Ukrainian lawmaker that the Trump administration in September deemed an "active Russian agent" and sanctioned for attempting to influence the election.

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