In an interview Saturday on AM Joy, the president’s personal lawyer refused to answer questions directly from interviewer Jonathan Capehart about how he might be in the dark about Durkach’s political affiliation.
“You are a former prosecutor of 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 the person this person was talking to was a famous Russian agent?”
Giuliani told Capehart to “calm down” and told the Trump team to talk about members of Special Prosecutor Robert Müller’s team, who were erasing their cell phones after investigating Russia’s presidential ties.
According to the Treasury Department, Derkach was an “active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close ties with the Russian intelligence services.” The director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center cited Durkach as an example of Russian-backed interference in the 2020 election in August.
As reported by The Daily Beast, Kirkach teamed up with Giuliani in December last year to pursue the conspiracy theory that it was Russia, not Ukraine, that came to mind in the 2016 election. According to the Treasury Department, the two have met at least twice since then, including an interview for Bidence about Giuliani’s YouTube show.
In his MSNBC interview, Giuliani claims to have no knowledge of the Treasury Department investigation that approved Derek on Thursday for attempting to interfere in the upcoming US elections.
“I don’t know what’s in the Treasury Department’s investigation, nor have I ever seen any evidence [Derkach] Giuliani said that there is or is not a Russian agent. “Then I don’t know anything about that.”
Giuliani calls up former aide Lev Parnas, who has implicated lawyers in attempts to extract information about Trump’s rivals out of Ukraine – “lies, crooks and thieves” in Ukraine.
Clearly disappointed with his guest, Capehart at one point told Giuliani that he was “trying to pull you out of the weeds and from conspiracy theories.”
“I’m trying to understand what happened to your stature and career – Mayor Giuliani?” He asked. “Why are you spreading conspiracy theories and lies here and interfering in a US election? what happened to you?”