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 CaseySenators urging federal investigation into Liberty University's handling of sexual assault claims Crucial talks on Biden agenda enter homestretch Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents 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 GiulianiRudy Giuliani becomes grandfather after son welcomes child Press: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Former NYC police commissioner to testify before Jan. 6 committee, demands apology MORE.

Casey, in a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrJan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official Appeals court questions Biden DOJ stance on Trump obstruction memo Michael Cohen officially released from prison sentence 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 and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate 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.