The warnings to the White House, which were not previously reported, led the national security adviser Robert O’Brien to warn Trump in a private conversation that any information reported by Giuliani from Ukraine should be considered contaminated by Russia, one of the former officials said.
The message was: “Do whatever you want, but your friend Rudy has been worked by Russian assets in Ukraine,” the person said. Officials wanted to “prevent the president from coming out and saying something stupid,” especially as he faced indictment for his own efforts to arm the Ukrainian president in an investigation into the Bidens.
But O’Brien emerged from the meeting, unsure if he had managed to join the president. Trump had “shrugged his shoulders” at O’Brien’s warning, the former official said, and dismissed concern about his lawyer’s activities by saying, “It’s Rudy.”