News, including the Washington Post, withdrew a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani.
Outlets withdrew the claim that the FBI had warned Giuliani that it was being used to spread Russian disinformation.
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The Washington Post and other news outlets have withdrawn claims that the FBI warned Rudy Giuliani that he was probably targeted as part of a Russian disinformation campaign in 201
In a note to the editor on Saturday, the Post said it was withdrawing a lawsuit in a report Thursday that the FBI had warned both Giuliani and the right-wing news network OANN about Russia’s efforts to use them to spread fakes.
It read: “Correction: An earlier version of this story, published on Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News had been warned by the FBI that it was under Russian influence. This version also says that the FBI gave a similar warning to Rudolf W. Giuliani, which he has since challenged. This version has been adjusted to remove allegations that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings. “
Insider amended its statement of claim in the light of the Post’s withdrawal.
The New York Times and NBC News have withdrawn such allegations.
“An earlier version of this article erroneously stated whether Rudolf W. Giuliani had received an official warning from the FBI about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive a so-called defensive briefing,” the Times said in a statement.
All reports focused on the FBI’s raids on Giuliani’s office and apartment in Manhattan last week, in which agents seized computers and other devices belonging to Giuliani.
Investigators are reportedly investigating whether Giuliani acted on behalf of Ukrainian officials during his search for harmful information about Joe Biden, then a Democratic presidential candidate, and his son Hunter in Ukraine in 2019.
The Times reports that Giuliani’s communications with the Trump administration regarding the dismissal of US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovich in May 2019 are under strict control over federal agents.
Giuliani denied having committed any wrongdoing.
“I have never represented a Ukrainian citizen or official before the United States government,” Giuliani told Fox News on Thursday after the raids.
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