‘Come on, Rudy Giuliani?’
The months-long impeachment crusade against President Donald Trump may be over, but the underlying questions about the Bidens and their actions in Ukraine still remain. However, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t seem too worried about the prospect of a federal investigation into the matter.
During an interview on “CBS This Morning” Monday, cohost Anthony Jacobs informed the the elder Biden that the Justice Department is taking in information about Hunter Biden’s work for a natural gas company in the Ukraine — which occurred while his dad was vice president — from Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
“[Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.] told CBS News the Justice Department is vetting information from Rudy Giuliani about about your son’s work in Ukraine,” Jacobs asked. “Are you concerned a federal investigation may be launched?”
Biden began chuckling at the first mention of Giuliani’s name and continued laughing as Jacobs repeated his question a second time, before his demeanor transformed into a more serious one as he gave the answer, “No.”
“Look, I expect, I expect Trump to do the same exact thing he’s been doing,” the former vice president elaborated.
“Why has he been attacking me from the beginning, why did he risk — and he should have been impeached — why did he risk getting convicted by going to a foreign leader to say, ‘You don’t have to get me anything on Biden, there’s nothing to get, just tell me you’re going to investigate him so I can hurt him,’?” Biden added, echoing a Democratic impeachment allegation about the president’s motives in dealing with Ukrainian officials last year. “Have you ever seen a sitting president as concerned about a single nominee, in trying to stop a nominee?”
When asked a follow-up on whether or not Hunter is “fair game,” Biden responded, “I don’t think our sons are fair game at all. No one has said he’s done anything wrong except the thug, Rudy Giuliani. Come on, Rudy Giuliani?”
.@JoeBiden says he is not worried about Sen. Graham's insinuation the DOJ is investigating the Bidens w/info from Giuliani.
"Rudy Giuliani, a character witness?" Biden laughs.
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) February 10, 2020
Graham told CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that he had spoken with Attorney General William Barr and that Barr told him the Justice Department had set up a “process” for Giuliani to turn over information he’d gathered in Ukraine so that it could be vetted for accuracy.
Graham explained, “We’re to make sure that Hunter Biden’s conflict of interest is explored because it’s legitimate. How could Joe Biden really fight corruption when his son sitting on the Burisma board?” He also said that vetting information coming out of Ukraine was critical because of the possibility of Russian misinformation.
On Monday morning, Barr said that there is a process to take in and look over information on Ukraine from Giuliani as well as others, but that the department would proceed very cautiously in doing so.
“As I did say to Sen. Graham, we have to be very careful with respect to any information coming from Ukraine,” Barr cautioned at a DOJ press conference. “There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, there are a lot of cross-currents, and we can’t take anything we receive from the Ukraine at face value.”
Barr explained that the department has set up 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” and the same “is true for all information that comes to the Department related to the Ukraine, including anything that Mr. Giuliani might provide.”
Author: Nate Madden