Derkach, who has ties to Russian intelligence, is known to have met with Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, who for months promoted discredited allegations against Biden, now president, and his son Hunter Biden.
Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, authorized intelligence assets to promote misinformation during the 2020 election cycle about Joe Biden through U.S. media and people close to then-President Donald Trump to try to boost Trump's reelection chances, a U.S. intelligence report said.
The intelligence report points directly at Putin, saying that the Russian leader and "other senior Russian officials were aware of and probably directed Russia's influence operations against the 2020 Presidential election."
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Tuesday, "The Intelligence Community Assessment released today underscores what we all knew already – that Russia interfered to support former President Trump, hurt President Biden, and undermine confidence in our electoral process."
"Individuals close to the former president were targeted by agents of Russian intelligence including Andriy Derkach and Konstantin Kilimnik, who laundered misinformation into our political system, with the intent of denigrating now-President Biden and damaging his candidacy."
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