William Barr: DOJ Vetting Giuliani’s Research, Wary of Foreign Disinformation

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has provided information to the United States Department of Justice according to US Attorney General William Barr

"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 during a news conference in Washington.

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.

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.

Giuliani notably visited Ukraine back in December to gather more information about the Biden's activities in the nation.

Graham said he would refrain from his own probe of the Bidens and concentrate instead on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's decision to issue warrants that led to a federal investigation into allegations that Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the election. Along with urging Giuliani to renew investigating the debunked Biden conspiracies fed to Giuliani by Ukrainians facing corruption allegations, Trump has also purged officials who testified in the impeachment inquiry against him.

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Indeed, Graham conceded during yesterday's on-air interview that some of the information Giuliani has collected - the former mayor has been on the hunt in eastern Europe for anti-Biden dirt for several months - "could be Russian propaganda".

Rudy Giuliani's operation, which has targeted Trump's domestic political rivals like former Vice President Joe Biden, was at the center of the impeachment saga, and it doesn't sound like it's going anywhere. Giuliani's information is being routed to the US attorney's office in Pittsburgh, according to the report, even though The Post previously reported that Barr told Trump several times that "Giuliani has become a liability and a problem for the administration". "And, you know, that is true for all information that comes to the department relating to the Ukraine".

"Can there possibly be one person on Earth who doesn't get how insane it is that Trump's attorney general has set up a mechanism for Trump's personal attorney to provide the Justice Department with dirt on Trump's political rival?" But even after receiving such information, it is up to agents and prosecutors to decide whether what they have been told merits opening an investigation. He asked the attorney general to answer 11 questions related to the arrangement by February 25. It'd be messy if the Justice Department partnered with a partisan operative facing a criminal investigation for legitimate information, but it appears Giuliani is chasing ghosts and shadows, while cavorting with figures of dubious reliability.

Bowdich would not answer when asked whether Joe or Hunter Biden were under investigation by the FBI.

The exchange underscored that although Trump has been impeached and acquitted, the underlying currents of the Ukraine affair likely will continue.

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