FBI warned Giuliani, Ron Johnson Russia was attempting to meddle in US election in 2020: report

Source: The Hill | April 29, 2021 | Olafimihan Oshin

The FBI last year warned former President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) that they were targets of a Russian attempt to meddle in November’s presidential election, The Washington Post reported.

The report of the FBI’s warning comes the day after federal prosecutors executed a search warrant on Giuliani’s apartment, investigating if Giuliani had inappropriate dealings with Ukraine. 

According to the Post, Giuliani was warned about Russia’s attempts to meddle in the election, but he proceeded with a planned trip to Ukraine where we met with a Ukrainian lawmaker whom the U.S. government in 2019 labeled as “an active Russian agent.”

Then-national security adviser Robert O’Brien warned Trump that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine should be considered contaminated by Russia.

Johnson was also briefed on Russia’s attempts last summer as he was already investigating President Biden’s dealings with Ukraine while he was vice president when his son, Hunter Biden, held a seat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

According to the Post, Johnson didn’t take any mind to the warning, and said Thursday that there was no substance to his meeting with U.S. intelligence officials.

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