Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced on Sunday that Attorney General William Barr has now “created a process” for Rudy Giuliani to send him any evidence he’s found on former Vice President Joe Biden and his Ukraine business connections.
The Hill reports House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is demanding answers from Attorney General William Barr about a Justice Department “intake process” that will review information on Ukraine from President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.
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.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) first revealed on Sunday that Barr had “created a process” to receive and verify information on Ukraine coming from Giuliani. Barr confirmed Graham’s comments a day later, saying during a press conference that the Justice Department has an “open door” to any individual with information on Ukraine.
“There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, a lot of crosscurrents, and we can’t take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value,” Barr said, adding that the department established “an intake process in the field so that any information coming in about Ukraine could be carefully scrutinized.”
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.
NEW: @RepJerryNadler sent a letter to AG Barr to demand answers after @LindseyGrahamSC and Barr admit that Rudy Giuliani is sending information concerning Ukraine to the Department of Justice through a special intake process. pic.twitter.com/Yg6rPZ5zOt
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) February 10, 2020
Here is the full letter below.