On Monday, Attorney General William Barr confirmed the fact that the Justice Department has developed an “intake process” to review the evidence Rudy Giuliani says he has against Joe and Hunter Biden regarding their Ukrainian activities under the Obama regime.
During the announcement, Barr cautioned that the DOJ will be “very careful” in how the information is handled.
But of course, such an announcement—which could expose a number of prominent democrats—was not well received by the left. Jerrold Nadler issued a scathing letter to the AG, demanding a “complete explanation” of the new process, and implying that Barr may be “in league” with the president and his attorney.
“We have to be very careful with respect to any information coming from Ukraine. There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, there are a lot of cross-currents,” Barr said at a press conference to announce charges against four members of the Chinese military in the 2017 hack of Equifax.
“We can’t take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value.”
Barr was responding to a question about comments Sunday from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said he spoke with the attorney general about Giuliani’s efforts to collect information on Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
Giuliani has for months claimed to have evidence showing that former Vice President Joe Biden intervened in 2016 to help shut down an investigation of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm that paid Hunter Biden more than $80,000 a month as a board member.
Biden has denied trying to help his son or Burisma.
Graham said in a CBS News interview on Sunday that Barr told him that the Justice Department has received information that Giuliani obtained from Ukraine. He said that Barr relayed that the Justice Department “had created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it’s verified.”
“Rudy Giuliani is a well-known man. He’s a crime fighter. He’s loyal to the president. He’s a good lawyer,” Graham said.
But Graham also expressed concerns about the veracity of Giuliani’s information, and said he’s concerned it could be the result of a Russian disinformation campaign.
“If Rudy Giuliani has any information coming out of the Ukraine he needs to turn it over to the Department of Justice because it could be Russian propaganda,” Graham said in a CBS News interview.
Barr confirmed speaking with Graham and echoed his concerns about the quality of Giuliani’s information.
Barr said that the Justice Department established an “intake process in the field” in order to scrutinize information coming in from Ukraine.
“That is true for all information that comes to the Department related to the Ukraine, including anything that Mr. Giuliani might provide,” he said.
More than a year ago, Giuliani began working with two business associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, to collect information from Ukraine about the Bidens as well as about Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
Parnas and Fruman, who were indicted on Oct. 10, 2019 on campaign finance charges, helped set up interviews for Giuliani and two former Ukrainian prosecutors, Yuri Lutsenko and Viktor Shokin.
Text messages that Parnas has provided to Congress since his indictment show that he and Giuliani worked together to collect and disseminate information about the Bidens and Yovanovitch to conservative media outlets.
In a letter sent to the attorney general, Nadler called on Barr to provide a “complete explanation” regarding his decision to sidestep standard practice and set up another channel for information coming out of Ukraine. He asked the attorney general to answer 11 questions related to the arrangement by Feb. 25.
“As you know, the Department has formal, established channels by which to receive information and begin investigations,” Nadler wrote. “This new channel to Mr. Giuliani would seem to be a significant departure from those traditional channels.”
Barr maintained that the process would assess the provenance and credibility of all information it receives, including from Giuliani. Giuliani’s efforts to push Ukrainian officials to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden over unfounded allegations of corruption became central to the impeachment proceedings.
Nadler said in the letter that the potential communications between Giuliani and the Justice Department raised serious questions of a conflict of interest.
The New York congressman also asked whether Barr has discussed the so-called intake process with President Trump.
“Whether or not you are in league with Giuliani and his associates, DOJ guidelines and regulations exits to protect you and the Department from even the appearance of a conflict of interest or any impropriety,” Nadler said.
The fact that the Bidens are finally being investigated for their ‘dealings’ in the Ukraine has obviously struck a nerve with democrats… the same democrats who were so quick to examine and fabricate information against President Trump’s normal phone call.
Many people argue that the ‘resistance’ to such an investigation simply highlights the extreme double standard that exists for democrat politicians.