On or before December 5, Rudy Giuliani takes a surprise trip to Ukraine where he meets with pro-Russia Ukrainian official Andriy Derkach, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. One America News is there to film the meeting and interview the duo.
Giuliani has been traveling between Hungary and Ukraine in his search to uncover dirt on Joe Biden. It’s unclear when exactly they first met in person. Derkach’s office and most reports claim the meeting took place on December 5, the same day the OAN segment aired. However, later reports note that the segment was filmed in November.
In the OAN piece, Giuliani claims he is working to reveal collusion between Democrats and Ukraine in the 2016 election, a conspiracy started by Paul Manafort, and to end allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
Derkach tells reporters that Giuliani and he discussed “the creation of the inter-parliamentary group Friends of Ukraine: STOP Corruption.” But…
Derkach also said that he’d told Giuliani about sending letters asking for support for the group to three top Republicans: Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Lindsey Graham, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
Months later, reports come out that Derkach’s letters to Republican lawmakers include disinformation about Joe Biden.
Giuliani made the trip with former Ukrainian diplomat Andriy Telizhenko, best known in U.S. politics for spreading a conspiracy theory about the DNC during the Trump impeachment inquiry. He also met with Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko.
In 2020, U.S. intelligence warns that Andriy Derkach is directly involved in Russian efforts to influence the presidential election. Weeks later, the U.S. Treasury officially identifies Derkach as a Russian operative.
Andriy Derkach’s father is Leonid Derkach, a former head of the Ukrainian secret service. In 2000, he was recorded discussing his work with transnational crime ring leader Semion Mogilevich. Andriy was already a member of the Ukrainian parliament at the time.