Courtesy of Politico:
Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, this week declined to answer a colleague’s question about whether he had received derogatory information about Vice President Joe Biden from Andrii Derkach, a Kremlin-linked Ukrainian lawmaker who has worked to foment allegations of corruption by Biden and his son Hunter.
During a closed-door business meeting of the panel on Wednesday — a transcript of which was made publicly available Thursday — Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) pressed Nunes about news reports indicating that he was one of several GOP lawmakers to whom packets of information were delivered from Derkach in December 2019 that contained allegations about Joe Biden. Derkach has confirmed he sent the packages to Nunes, as well as GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“[M]y question … is of the ranking member, whether he is prepared to disclose to the committee whether he has received materials that have been called into question in the public reports from Andrii Derkach and, if so, whether he is prepared to share them with the rest of the committee,” Maloney asked.
“Does the ranking member wish to respond?” asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
“No,” Nunes replied.
Maloney responded by suggesting that Nunes’s refusal to answer “speaks volumes” and indicated that committee staffers are “in possession of evidence that a package was received.”
That evidence, according to committee officials, is in the form of a DHL shipping receipt that was sent to the Intelligence Committee’s majority office shortly after the package was sent to Nunes. The officials say they sought to access the materials from Nunes at the time but that he never agreed to share them.
Nunes’ office has declined requests to respond to inquiries about whether he ever received the package or learned of its contents — and whether he or his aides delivered it to the FBI for vetting, which committee Democrats and Republicans say is the typical practice when receiving parcels from foreign sources.
This Derkach character, with the help of the Russian government, appears to be manufacturing “evidence” to smear Joe Biden before the general election.
And toward that end has sent these suspicious packages to key Republicans who he knows are loyal to Donald Trump and believes will disseminate the information within them without fact-checking it or allowing the FBI to screen it for misinformation.
You may remember that it was the attempt to get Ukraine to launch a phony investigation against Joe Biden that led to Trump’s impeachment.
I think it is pretty clear to see where this is all going next.