“As you know, the Department has formal, established channels by which to receive information and begin investigations,” wrote Nadler. “This new channel to Mr. Giuliani would seem to be a significant departure from those traditional channels.”
“That is true for all information that comes to the Department relating to the Ukraine including anything that Mr. Giuliani might provide,” Barr said.
On Sunday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally, publicly disclosed that the Justice Department was taking information from Giuliani.
“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. “Given your creation of a new ‘intake process’ for Mr. Giuliani, it is all the more important that you provide a complete explanation for your decision to sidestep standard Department practice.”
Giuliani has been vocal about his efforts in Ukraine to investigate the work that former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden did related to a Ukrainian energy company, a topic that was prominent during Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
The Justice Department’s acknowledgment that it’s receiving information from Giuliani on Ukraine comes as Republican senators are conducting their own investigation into Hunter Biden and Burisma, the energy company that hired the former vice president’s son.
CNN’s David Shortell and Evan Perez contributed to this report.