Ukrainian lawmaker releases leaked phone calls of Biden and former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenki as Biden campaign says Russia is again attempting to interfere in the 2020 election.

  • The leaked recordings consist of edited fragments of phone conversations Joe Biden and Petro Poroshenko had while still in office.
  • The recordings were released by Andriy Derkach, an independent member of Ukraine’s parliament.
  • Derkach had previously aligned with a pro-Russian faction and is known to have past links to Russian intelligence.
  • The recordings show that Biden, as he has previously said publicly, linked loan guarantees for Ukraine to the ouster of the country’s prosecutor general in 2015.
  • Rudy Giuliani, who serves as Trump’s personal attorney, met Derkach during a trip to Kyiv in December.
  • The Biden campaign says they view the release of the tapes as a continuation of a long-standing Russian effort to hurt the former vice president, pointing to the role that RT, the Russian state-controlled news network, played in promoting the tapes.
  • “They heavily edited this, and it’s still a nothingburger that landed with a thud.”