Rudy Giuliani speaks during a press conference September 27 at the White House.
President Donald Trump was informed by US intelligence officials last year that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had been attacked by a Russian intelligence operation, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Citing four unnamed former officials, the Post reported that multiple intelligence sources and intercepted communications indicated that Giuliani was interacting with people connected to Russian intelligence in December 2019, expressing concerns that he was relaying Russian disinformation to Trump – perhaps unintentionally.
At the time, Giuliani had just traveled to Ukraine, allegedly to unearth incriminating documents to be used against Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Late Thursday, the New York Times independently confirmed the Post's report, adding that US intelligence was particularly concerned about Giuliani's meeting with a Ukrainian lawmaker whom the US Treasury Department calls "an active Russian agent for over a decade".
On Wednesday, the New York Post released a report claiming the Bidens had lobbied unconfirmed emails allegedly between Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian energy company previously hacked by Russian intelligence that Giuliani received. Twitter
blocked the item from being forwarded, citing concerns about possible misinformation and violations of hacked material guidelines.
According to the Washington Post report, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien told Trump specifically last year that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine was likely planted by Russian intelligence, but Trump reportedly dismissed the warning.
The material that formed the basis of the New York Post article resembled the harmful information Giuliani was looking for in Ukraine, the Washington Post reported.
US intelligence officials have repeatedly warned that Russia is trying to influence the US presidential election, much like it did in 2016.