U.S. federal prosecutors are investigating if current and former Ukrainian officials were unlawfully meddling in the U.S. presidential election, including using Rudolph Giuliani, personal lawyer to Donald Trump at the time, to spread misleading claims about current President Joe Biden, Reuters writes.
The criminal investigation, which began during the final months of the Trump administration, is separate from the ongoing criminal investigation into Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine and is being handled by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating if a number of US channels, including Giuliani, have helped Kyiv officials, including Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach, spreading claims of corruption about Biden in their attempt to influence the Nov. 3 election.
The U.S. Treasury Department has previously sanctioned Derkach after it identified him as an over a decade active Russian agent. Giuliani has denied allegations in that probe.