WASHINGTON-Two federal prosecutors have been tapped to manage open investigations and other yet-to-be-substantiated allegations of wrongdoing involving Ukraine, the Justice Department told lawmakers Tuesday.
Responding to recent inquiries from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd defended the moves, including the appointment of a Pennsylvania prosecutor to review information supplied by President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani has sought to tar Trump rival Joe Biden by attempting to link him to unsupported corruption claims.
Last week, Attorney General William Barr acknowledged the Justice Department was evaluating information supplied by Giuliani, who has been Trump's point man in Ukraine. Giuliani has stoked a discredited theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and he has sought damaging information about Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
Barr said the Justice Department has an "obligation" to assess the information, but he did not elaborate on the nature of the review.
In his Tuesday letter, Boyd said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen took the action to coordinate all matters related to Ukraine. Boyd wrote that the decision does not grant "any individual unique access to the department.
"Indeed, any member of the public who has relevant information may contact the department and make use of its intake process for Ukraine-related matters," Boyd said.
He said Scott Brady, the chief federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania, will evaluate anything.
Rosen has assigned Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue to coordinate "several open" inquiries that may have some nexus to Ukraine, according to Boyd.
He wrote that Rosen set up the process "to avoid duplication of efforts across department offices and components to facilitate information sharing."
The campaign waged by Giuliani, whose business dealings in Ukraine are being scrutinized by federal authorities, has been a flashpoint for both Democrats and Trump allies.
Giuliani has claimed Biden improperly used his position as vice president to help his son, Hunter Biden, who was a highly-compensated board member of a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma Holdings. No evidence has emerged to support that claim.
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