House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Monday sent US Attorney General Bill Barr a letter demanding to know why the DOJ is receiving Biden-Ukraine info from Giuliani ‘outside of the normal channels.’
- “Whether or not you are in league with Mr. Giuliani and his associates, DOJ guidelines and regulations exist to protect you and the Department from even the appearance of a conflict of interest or any impropriety,” Nadler wrote, referring to allegations by Giuliani associate Lev Parnas that Barr was involved in the scheme to dig up dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine.
- “Given your creation of a new “intake process” for Mr. Giuliani, it is all the more important that you provide a complete explanation for your decision to sidestep standard Department practice,” he added.
Barr on Monday confirmed that the Justice Department is currently assessing information about Ukraine provided by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who says the info contains a “smoking gun.”
“The Justice Department has the obligation to have an open door to anybody who wishes to provide us information that they think is relevant,” Barr told reporters. “But as I did say to Senator [Lindsey] Graham … we have to be very careful … with respect to any information coming from the Ukraine.”
Barr said reliable information is difficult to find because there are “a lot of agendas” in Ukraine and “a lot of cross currents.”
“We can’t take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value,” Barr said. “For that reason, we had established an intake process in the field so that any information coming in about Ukraine could be carefully scrutinized by the department” to assess its credibility.
He added: “And you know, that is true for all information that comes to the department relating to the Ukraine, including anything Mr. Giuliani might provide.”
If you watch Barr’s presser from Monday, you can see how cautious he is about information coming from the Ukraine.
A stark difference compared to how Obama’s FBI-DOJ treated the phony dossier as credible intel and used it as a pretext to spy on American citizens.
Attorney General Bill Barr confirms to @PierreTABC that the Justice Department is reviewing documents about Joe Biden provided by Rudy Giuliani from Ukraine, but offers a note of caution about the origin of the materials: "We have to be very careful." https://t.co/UYkHEiZq8F pic.twitter.com/iYHSDwnaM7
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