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18 March 2020

Ukrainegate: Rudy Giuliani’s new campaign against Joe Biden

While Mr Telizhenko and Mr Artemenko have gained Mr Giuliani’s trust, their credibility is questioned in Ukraine, where some political analysts view them as fringe figures.

Olexiy Haran, a Kyiv-based professor of political studies, doubts their reliability as sources. “If Mr Giuliani is really in contact with these people, then it highlights . . . that he is ready to contact with anyone to uphold his narratives.”

Although the two men have attempted to court the Republican elite, they have also begun to attract critical scrutiny. A Senate committee that has been investigating the Bidens and Burisma last week abruptly postponed a vote to subpoena Mr Telizhenko as a witness after its Republican chairman, Ron Johnson, acknowledged some “discrepancies” in his claims.  In private briefings, US intelligence officials told members of Congress they are examining whether Mr Telizhenko is a Russian asset, according to people briefed on the matter. Others who have observed the pair question whether they are working behind the scenes to further the interests of Ukrainian oligarchs.

Source: Financial Times