Attorney General William Barr confirmed to reporters that information from President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and others about Ukraine is being reviewed by the Justice Department.
Speaking with reporters at a press conference Monday, Barr responded to a question about information that Giuliani and others were reportedly forwarding to the DOJ.
(Source: Fox News)
“Senator Graham says that Rudy Giuliani will be providing the Department information related to Ukraine and the Bidens,” the reporter said, referring to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham who told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the DOJ has “created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it’s verified.”
“Rudy Giuliani is a well-known man,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said.
“He’s a crime fighter. He’s loyal to the president. He’s a good lawyer,” he said, but added that the Justice Department needed to review any information “because it could be Russian propaganda.”
Giuliani has claimed he has information regarding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who had a board position with Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings.
“What is the process for receiving this information? Who will evaluate it and is this something you feel the need to recuse yourself from?” the reporter asked Barr on Monday.
“Well, as I have previously said, the DOJ 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 Graham, we have to be very careful with respect to any information coming from the Ukraine,” Barr added. “There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, thee are a lot of cross currents, and we can’t take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value.”
Barr went on to explain that there is a process in place for the Justice Department’s methods to verify any information that is gathered.
“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 and its intelligence community partners, so that we could assess its providence and it’s credibility,” Barr said.
“And you know that is true for all information that comes to the Department relating to the Ukraine, including anything Mr. Giuliani might provide,” he added.
Barr did not reply to the question about whether or not he would recuse himself from any issues that are related to Giuliani or Ukraine.
In a memo last week to the nation’s federal law enforcement, Barr instructed that approval had to be obtained from himself or other top DOJ officials before anyone could launch an investigation of any of the declared 2020 presidential candidates, ABC News reported.
“We must investigate and prosecute those matters with sensitivity and care to ensure that the department’s actions do not unnecessarily advantage or disadvantage any candidate or political party,” he said in the memo.
FBI Deputy Director David Bowditch answered some follow-up questions at Monday’s news conference but would not commit to any details about any report from Giuliani.
“We’re taking information as we would in any case. We will evaluate it appropriately,” Bowditch said.
He also would not say if the FBI is actually investigating the Bidens.
“I’m not going to touch it,” he responded to reporters. “I’m not going to talk about any investigation, as I never would.”
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