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Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers, said in an interview with The Daily Beast that there was a “50/50” chance one of his associates was a spy for Russia.
“The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50,” Giuliani said, referring to his associate, the Ukrainian government official Andrii Derkach whom the US Treasury Department in September designated for sanctions over his “attempting to influence the US electoral process.”
The former mayor told The Daily Beast he believed the sanctions against Derkach were the result of “an intelligence ploy to try to create problems for Trump.” As The Daily Beast noted, a number of Giuliani associates have been arrested by US law enforcement or otherwise barred from entering the US.
When asked if he was worried that the information he had provided to The New York Post as part of its recent series of reports about stolen data from a hard drive that supposedly belonged to Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was the result of the 2019 hacking of Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings, where the younger Biden served on the board beginning in 2014, Giuliani told the outlet it “wouldn’t matter,” and asked “what’s the difference?”