US prosecutors investigate whether Ukrainian officials meddled in the latest presidential election.
They are investigating whether certain officials of the European country were part of a plan to disseminate misleading information about the then-presidential candidate and now president, Joe Biden.
US federal prosecutors are investigating whether several Ukrainian officials meddled in the 2020 presidential election. The New York Times reported Thursday, citing sources close to the investigation.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, investigate whether certain Ukrainian officials were part of a plan to spread misleading information about the then-presidential candidate and now president, Joe Biden, to push former President Donald Trump to win the election.
A criminal investigation has been launched in the last months of the Trump administration, and it is suspected that Ukrainian officials have shared baseless allegations of corruption against Biden through various channels, including former president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
This question is independent of the federal investigation into Giuliani and his relations with Ukraine. However, the two consider the same people, but in the case of Brooklyn, Giuliani gathers the above media, not the purpose of the investigation.
Brooklyn prosecutors are targeting current, and former Ukrainian officials speculated of trying to interrupt the election.
Questions under investigation include Giuliani's trip to Europe in 2019, in which he met with Ukrainian officials to discuss an investigation involving MP Andriy Derkach. US intelligence had advised Trump, who tried to use it. To spread false information.
Sources say that Derkach, who has been approved by Trump's Treasury Department as a Russian agent, is at the center of the Brooklyn investigation.
Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, defended the visit, pointing out that "when you investigate allegations of corruption, you talk to all sorts of people, some are credible, and others are not.
If Brooklyn prosecutors decide to indict Ukrainian officials, it will be difficult to arrest and deport them to the United States, the New York Times noted, despite indications that it could lead to such a country. The ability of personnel to travel in this country may be limited for fear of being detained—extradition treaty with the United States.