Remarkable. Sen. Graham says he talked to AG Barr this morning and they have set up a “process” by which Rudy Giuliani will now send his Biden “dirt” directly to AG Barr. pic.twitter.com/gteVz53jIG
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 9, 2020
Courtesy of The Washington Examiner:
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Justice Department has “created a process” to review Ukraine-related information collected by President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Such a channel, as described by the close Republican ally to Trump on Sunday, would represent the most direct known involvement by Attorney General William Barr in dealings that led to the impeachment investigation that ended in acquittal last week.
Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was asked by Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan if the Justice Department was ordered to investigate Joe Biden for possible corruption related to his son Hunter Biden’s employment on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma when he was vice president. An effort by Trump to pressure Kyiv into investigating his political rivals, including the Bidens, was at the heart of impeachment case brought on by House Democrats.
The senator responded in the negative but noted the Justice Department is “receiving information coming out of Ukraine” from Giuliani. Graham said he heard it from Barr himself.
“He told me that they had created a process that Rudy could give information, and they would see if it’s verified. Rudy Giuliani is a well-known man. He’s a crime fighter. He’s loyal to the president. He’s a good lawyer,” Graham said on CBS.
I love how Lindsey Graham tries to make this all sound perfectly normal and reasonable.
It is absolutely NOT normal or reasonable.
In fact if this were happening during anybody else’s administration there would be a bipartisan investigation and possibly an impeachment trial.
But as we know the Republicans have inoculated Donald Trump against any of that.