Pennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani

Pennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani

Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Coronavirus stimulus package shouldn't leave out older Americans Sunday shows preview: Trump administration gears up for new week of coronavirus response; Sanders prepares for next phase of primaries MORE (D-Pa.) on Monday in a letter called on federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania to reject information gathered in Ukraine and transmitted to them by Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiHillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike 12 things to know today about coronavirus Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria treatment for coronavirus MORE.

Casey, in a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump administration makes push for transitional government in Venezuela Brooklyn man accused of lying about hoarding medical supplies, coughing at officers Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on MORE, expressed particular concern that the Western District of Pennsylvania is reportedly serving as a conduit for information from Giuliani.

“As you know, Mr. Giuliani has repeatedly pushed Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE and the debunked theory alleging Ukrainian election interference in 2016,” Casey said in the letter, citing testimony from former National Security Council official Fiona Hill that such theories originated in Russian propaganda.

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Casey went on to question whether such matters are an appropriate use of Western District resources, noting the particular impact of the opioid crisis in the state.

“Community leaders in Western Pennsylvania, including the United States Attorney’s Office, should be applauded for their efforts to reduce the opioid epidemic in the region,” Casey wrote. “Unfortunately, it is clear that as Western Pennsylvania has tried to close the door on the opioid crisis, more doors have opened for other types of illicit drug use and drug trafficking. Just recently, U.S. Attorney Brady commented on the need to fight the ‘fourth wave’ of the crisis after identifying an increase in incidents in Western Pennsylvania involving cocaine, crack methamphetamine.”

“Given these concerns, I urge you to take immediate steps to ensure that the DOJ does not continue diverting law enforcement resources away from the important law enforcement priorities in the Western District of Pennsylvania,” Casey concluded.