The previous Ukrainian diplomat on the heart of outlandish Republican claims that Kyiv not Moscow had intervened within the 2016 presidential race has been formally sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Division.
Andrii Telizhenko span an internet of tales that was enthusiastically taken up by Trump supporters, together with his private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who used his alleged proof in efforts to slime President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden forward of the 2020 election.
The Treasury accused him of being “a part of a Russia-linked overseas affect community” on Monday. Curiously, the U.S. authorities additionally selected to state on the file that Trump’s beloved Ukraine scandals have been “false.”
Telizhenko tried to distance himself from a former collaborator and identified Russian agent Andriy Derkach in an interview with The Every day Beast final September after Derkach himself had been sanctioned.
“I by no means favored Derkach, by no means knew a lot about his background,” Telizhenko instructed The Every day Beast. “The U.S. intelligence companies will need to have discovered stable proof in regards to the background of that man. I’m positive that everyone who is aware of Derkach isn’t stunned to listen to in regards to the sanctions.”
Rudy Giuliani and His Ukraine Ally Dash Away from Their ‘Russian Agent’ Pal
Telizhenko’s efforts to point out that he was not near the Kremlin asset evidently didn’t dissuade the U.S. Treasury from going after him as effectively.
Giuliani’s off-the-books Ukrainian intelligence operation, which included a ploy to show that it was not Putin who intervened in 2016, finally ended up along with his shopper, President Trump, being impeached by the Home of Representatives. The Senate voted to not convict him, however the recriminations of Giuliani’s mission to Kyiv noticed the three males activate one another.
Earlier within the 12 months, that they had appeared shut. Giuliani interviewed each Derkach and Telizhenko on his YouTube video collection “Frequent Sense,” which claimed to reveal the reality in regards to the Bidens. Telizhenko even recorded a voiceover at Giuliani’s request for the phase with Derkach.
All three of them, who had met in Ukraine, additionally appeared in a One America Information (OAN) documentary which sought to disprove the Trump Russia hoax in 2019.
Telizhenko, who labored on the Ukrainian embassy in D.C. for six months in 2015 and 2016, was additionally feeding data to different pro-Trump figures. The Every day Beast reported in November 2016 that he had met Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), one of the crucial outspoken defenders of Trump in Congress.
Supply for ‘Ukraine Collusion’ Allegations Met Devin Nunes
The previous diplomat instructed The Every day Beast that he additionally offered proof on the so-called scandal in Ukraine for Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) investigation that was speculated to be a bombshell that might harm the prospects of Joe Biden.
The Treasury assertion stated: “Telizhenko, a former low-level Ukrainian diplomat, orchestrated conferences between Derkach and U.S. individuals to assist propagate false claims regarding corruption in Ukraine.”
Different former Ukrainian authorities officers Konstantin Kulyk, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, and the present Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksandr Dubinsky have additionally been sanctioned, for his or her hyperlinks to Derkach and his Kremlin affect operation.
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