Barr: Justice has 'open door' to receiving information on Ukraine from Giuliani

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE said Monday that the Justice Department has an “open door” to any individuals, including former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiHouse panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance Pennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn MORE, who have information on issues involving Ukraine, and noted that the agency would “scrutinize” this information.

“There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, a lot of crosscurrents, and we can’t take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value,” Barr said during a press conference. 

He added that “for that reason, we had established an intake process in the field so that any information coming in about Ukraine could be carefully scrutinized by the Department and its intelligence community partners so that we could assess its provenance and its credibility, and that is true for all information that comes to the Department from the Ukraine, including anything that Mr. Giuliani might provide.”

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Barr then left the press conference, which covered the rollout of indictments around the Equifax breach, and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich noted when asked the same question about information on Ukraine from Giuliani that “we are taking information, as we would in any case, we will evaluate it appropriately.”

Barr’s comments were made in response to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Five things to know about emerging US, Taliban peace deal MORE (R-S.C.) saying during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” this past weekend that the Justice Department had created a process to vet information collected by Giuliani — who also serves as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE’s personal lawyer — on Ukraine.

Graham, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Barr told him that the Justice Department “has created a process that Rudy would give information and they would see if it’s verified.”

Graham also referenced potential work done in Ukraine by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE’s son Hunter Biden while on the board of Ukrainian company Burisma, with Graham saying that “if Rudy Giuliani has any information coming out of the Ukraine, he needs to turn it over to the Department of Justice, because it could be Russian propaganda.”

Giuliani traveled to Ukraine in December in the midst of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump. During this trip, Giuliani met with multiple Ukrainian officials in an effort to find out information on the Bidens that would support Trump’s side of the impeachment case.