The Justice Department's door is open if President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wants to pass along information from Ukraine connected with Joe Biden and his family, Attorney General William Barr said Monday. "He told me that they've created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it's verified. Nor has the Attorney General discussed this matter, or anything relating to Ukraine, with Rudy Giuliani", DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said. "And we can't take anything we received from Ukraine at face value".
Barr added a word of caution about information coming from Ukraine, saying officials must be "very careful" in evaluating its credibility. Graham, however, that you just can't trust information coming from Ukraine. He's a crime fighter.
Giuliani and his indicted associates spent months hunting for damaging information on Biden in Ukraine, pursuing numerous debunked conspiracy theories in an effort which Giuliani bragged would help Trump's re-election campaign.
Graham compared Giuliani feeding dirt on Biden to the Justice Department to Democrats inviting indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas to Trump's impeachment trial and Russian prank callers who duped Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., three years earlier - even though the same pranksters duped the senator, too.
Trump was acquitted last week by the Republican-led Senate.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in a letter (pdf) on February 5 that the Committee on Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was reviewing the "potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration, particularly with respect to his business activities in Ukraine and China. He's a good lawyer", Graham said Sunday.
What I'm trying to say - to the president and anybody else - is that the Russians are still up to it. Deterrence is not working.
Two Republican senators - Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson - are also conducting an investigation of US government records to determine whether there was a conflict of interest. "And we can't take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value". Don't give it to me, because what do we know?
Graham did, though, warn that the information collected by Giuliani needed to be given to the Justice Department "because it could be Russian propaganda". "They hacked into the DNC system".
Former U.S. Attorney Barb McQuade pointed out that the Justice Department has plenty of "actual public servants to investigate crime". "Obviously he didn't. But when it comes to documents coming out of the Ukraine, to Republicans and Democrats, be very cautious turning anything you got over to the intel community". On Twitter this morning, Giuliani alluded to "two smoking gun documents" in a post urging people to subscribe to his podcast.