Attorney General William Barr confirmed on Feb. 10 that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently receiving and evaluating information on Ukraine, including from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as part of an “intake process,” while noting that officials have to be “very careful” about information coming from that country.
“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. “We cant take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value. 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.”
The procedure would assess the provenance and credibility of any information given to the DOJ, according to Barr.
“That is true for all information that comes to the department relating to the Ukraine,” Barr added, “including anything Mr. Giuliani might provide.” Giuliani is currently serving as President Donald Trumps personal lawyer.
A day earlier, the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said the Justice Department was reviewing information from Giuliani pertaining to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden as part of a new process.
“[Barr] told me that theyve created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if its verified,” Graham told CBS News “Face the Nation” program. “Rudy Giuliani is a well-known man … hes a good lawyer. But what Im trying to say to the president and anybody else, that the Russians are still up to it. Deterrence is not working.”
The news of the arrangement comes after Trump was acquitted on both articles of impeachment, ending the third impeachment trial in U.S. history. Meanwhile, three Republican-led Senate committees are investigating Hunter Bidens business dealings in Ukraine and China.
Trump, during a phone call in July 2019, asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “look into” the firing of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Joe Biden has publicly boasted about forcing Shokins ouster by withholding $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine. At the time, Bidens son was receiving as much as $1 million per year to serve on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company under investigation by the prosecutor general.
Documents from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) that were reportedly provided to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), could be particularly illuminating. Public knowledge about Hunter Bidens financial transactions has been limited to financial statements disclosed during the trial of his business partner, Devon Archer, who also served on the board of Burisma. The statements show Archer and Biden receiving more than $83,000 per month from Burisma starting in 2014.
When Graham was asked about his previous comments that Giuliani should come to the Judiciary Committee with any documents from Ukraine, he said the documents should be first looked over by intelligence, and that he doesnt want to become a “Republican Christopher Steele.” Steele was the former British spy who produced an unverified dossier that was funded by the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and the DRead More – Source