The 2020 US election was a highly disputed event, filled with numerous accusations of malicious meddling from foreign entities. Among the most prominent claims was that of Russian interference in the election that allegedly favoured the current US President Donald Trump. Despite attempts of suppression by the Trump campaign lawyers, Patient Zero of such claims has now been identified. The Washington Post conducted an in-depth investigation into the matter and discovered that the initial source of such claims was a lawyer named Joseph diGenova. The lawyers are identified as being part of the legal team working with Trump’s campaign to combat voting irregularities and oppose recounts. DiGenova is a prominent figure in Washington’s conservative circles who has close ties to President Trump and was part of his legal team in the Russia probe. The New York Times reported that the Trump campaign considered him to be a key asset in filing lawsuits to overturn the election results. It was diGenova who first alleged that a secret pact between Russia and Venezuela interfered in the 2020 election to benefit Donald Trump. Although this claim had been widely repeated and circulated amongst conservative circles, it hasn’t been verified or backed up by any evidence. This accusation of interference was quickly denied by the Trump campaign, which sought to suppress the claims. The Trump lawyers noted in a court filing that diGenova’s allegations were “immaterial” to the legal case they had presented. The Washington Post further investigated the matter and discovered that diGenova’s allegations were based on the discredited conspiracy theory put forward by a Venezuelan ex-intelligence officer. This ‘Venezuelan plot’ claim had been debunked by the US Director of National Intelligence. In conclusion, the Patient Zero of the accusations of Russian meddling in the 2020 US election has been identified as Joseph diGenova, a lawyer for the Trump campaign. His allegations have been denied and refuted by the Trump campaign lawyers and debunks by US intelligence.