US intelligence agencies cautioned the White House last year that Russian intelligence operatives were targeting President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a way to push disinformation to the president, The Washington Post reported.
The paper cited four former officials familiar with the matter who said the warnings were based on several sources, including intercepted communications.
The communications are said to have shown that Giuliani communicated with multiple people who had ties to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine.
The Post reported that the intercepted communications raised red flags with US officials who worried that Russian officials were using Giuliani as a conduit to feed disinformation to Trump.
After the White House was warned about the possibility, the report said, the national security advisor Robert O'Brien told the president to approach any information Giuliani gave him with caution.
When Trump was told his personal lawyer was a target for Russian intelligence, the paper said that he shrugged and responded, "That's Rudy.".
The warning to Trump was especially stark because officials wanted "to protect the president from coming out and saying something stupid," the Post said. »