The DOJ has just confirmed they are indeed looking into matters having to do with Ukraine. We reported previously on a CBS report from Catherine Herridge who had heard from a source that they were doing so.
According to a letter released by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, the DOJ has appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady, and U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York to oversee matters that could “potentially relate” to matters involving Ukraine.
And here's the letter to Nadler from Stephen Boyd: pic.twitter.com/jHUvBWmutd
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But in doing so, they also directed some harsh words at House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nalder (D-NY).
From Daily Caller:
“As you know, the Department typically does not provide information relating to ongoing matters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote. “However, the Department is aware of news reports and public comments from Members of Congress that have significantly distorted the public’s understanding of the Department’s handling of such cases.”
“The Deputy Attorney General’s efforts to coordinate matters potentially related to Ukraine, and to provide for the receipt of relevant information, does not circumvent the Department’s established channels,” Boyd added.
Nadler had suggested that Barr was somehow acting outside the norm in receiving information from Rudy Giuliani, when indeed, anyone can submit evidence they believe to be criminal to the DOJ and there’s nothing improper or out of the norm in doing that.
“Whether or not you are in league with Mr. Giuliani and his associates, DOJ guidelines, and regulations exist to protect you and the Department from even the appearance of a conflict of interest or any impropriety,” Nadler wrote last week.
Boyd affirmed that Barr had not in fact talked about Ukraine mattes with Giuliani, as he has said in the past.
Nadler has no idea what to do with someone like Barr who refuses to be cowed and will pursue the truth. He surely does sound worried. But this explains why they’re stepping up the attack on multiple fronts against Barr.