American intelligence agencies believe Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinNavalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Putin is about to turn his attention to the American way of life MORE is behind a disinformation campaign targeting Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE, according to a new report.
A top-secret CIA assessment concluded Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach engaged in peddling “disparaging information about Biden inside the United States through lobbyists, Congress, the media and contacts with figures close to the president,” two sources with knowledge of the report told The Washington Post.
“We assess that President Vladimir Putin and the senior most Russian officials are aware of and probably directing Russia’s influence operations aimed at denigrating the former U.S. Vice President, supporting the U.S. president and fueling public discord ahead of the U.S. election in November,” the first line of the document reportedly reads.
Derkach has close ties to Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Grand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE‘s personal attorney, the report said.
Derkach has been identified as a Russian agent by the director of national intelligence and the Treasury Department but has denied working on behalf of Moscow.
A recent report from the Senate Intelligence Committee found Russian agents meddled in the 2016 presidential election using social media and other methods to mislead voters about then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense MORE‘s campaign and bolster Trump.
The intelligence assessment comes as Republicans in the Senate are slated to release a report on a controversial investigation into Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
Democrats have expressed worries that the report will include similar accusations to those made by Derkach, though Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThis week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg’s seat upends Congress’s agenda GOP set to release controversial Biden report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE (R-Wis.), who spearheaded the report, has said he has not had any contact with Derkach.