Derkach was sanctioned this week by the U.S. Treasury Department for attempting to interfere in the upcoming U.S. elections by peddling conspiracies on Joe Biden.
Faced with a U.S. Treasury Department report linking him to a Russian agent, Rudy Giuliani defended himself Saturday by claiming he had no idea that Ukrainian lawmaker and conspiracy-peddler Andriy Derkach was a foreign operative.
In an interview Saturday on AM Joy, the presidents personal attorney refused to directly answer questions from interviewer Jonathan Capehart about how he could have been in the dark about Derkachs political affiliations.
Youre a former prosecutor from the Southern District of New York, a former mayor of New York City, you have a national security firm, Capehart said. How could you not know that this person you were talking to was a known Russian agent?
Giuliani responded by telling Capehart to calm down, and pivoted to a Trump team talking point about members of special prosecutor Robert Muellers team wiping their cell phones after investigating the presidents ties to Russia.
In his MSNBC interview, Giuliani claimed to have no knowledge of the Treasury Department investigation that sanctioned Derkach on Thursday for attempting to interfere in the upcoming U.S. elections.
I don't know whats in the Treasury Department investigation, nor have I ever seen any evidence that [Derkach] is or is not a Russian agent, Giuliani said. So I dont know anything about that.
Giuliani went on to call former associate Lev Parnaswho has implicated the attorney in the efforts to extract information on Trump's rivals out of Ukraine a liar, crook and a thief, and repeated a conspiracy theory about billionaire philanthropist George Soros meddling in Ukraine.
Obviously frustrated with his guest, Capehart at one point told Giuliani he was trying to pull you out of the weeds and out of the conspiracy theories.
I'm trying to understand how someone of your stature and career what happened to you, Mayor Giuliani? he asked. Why are you out here spreading conspiracy theories and lies and interfering with an American election? What happened to you?