New York federal prosecutors are investigating whether Ukrainian officials attempted to interfere in the 2020 presidential election to undermine Joe Biden and help Donald Trump, The New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources “with knowledge of the question “.
The criminal investigation is to examine whether Ukrainian officials used Rudy Giuliani, then the former president’s personal attorney, to spread misleading allegations about Biden, The New York Times reported.
The investigation, which began in the last few months of the Trump administration, is being handled by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, the newspaper reported, and is separate from an ongoing criminal investigation into Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine.
One of the officials under investigation is a Ukrainian lawmaker named Andriy Derkach, the newspaper reported.
The US Treasury Department had previously sanctioned Derkach, identifying him as a “Russian agent active for more than a decade.”
Giuliani, who the New York Times said was not charged with wrongdoing in this investigation, has previously denied representing Ukrainians.
The US attorney’s office and Arthur Aidala, an attorney for Giuliani, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Giuliani’s business dealings with Ukrainian oligarchs while he worked as Trump’s lawyer are under investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Federal agents searched his home and office in April, seizing phones and computers.
Giuliani has denied the allegations in this investigation and his lawyers have suggested the investigation was politically motivated.