Democrats Called FBI After Finding Receipt For Biden Info To Nunes From Overseas
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) pressed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on whether he had received damaging information about former Vice President Joe Biden from Andrii Derkach, a Kremlin-linked Ukrainian lawmaker, during a closed-door House Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, according to Politico.
- “Derkach has confirmed he sent the packages to Nunes, as well as GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina,” reported Kyle Cheney.
- According to the transcript released on Thursday, Maloney asked Nunes “whether he is prepared to disclose to the committee whether he has received materials that have been called into question in the public reports from Andrii Derkach and, if so, whether he is prepared to share them with the rest of the committee.”
- Maloney has stated that committee officials are “in possession of evidence that a package was received” based on a DHL shipping receipt that was sent to the committee’s office after the package was sent to Nunes.
- Nunes has refused to answer “whether he ever received the package or learned of its contents - and whether he or his aides delivered it to the FBI for vetting,” continued the report.
The Intelligence Committee’s Democrats called the FBI over the existence of the package in late January but have not yet received a response from the bureau.
- Derkach has publicly encouraged the anti-Biden allegations. In addition to “releasing tapes of Biden’s conversations with Ukrainian leaders,” Derkach has launched NabuLeaks, a public website that shared links to materials he has sent to GOP lawmakers.
- As Derkach stated, the top lawmakers who have received or been notified about the materials from him include former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Grassley, Graham, and Democratic Sens. Gary Peters of Michigan and Ron Wyden of Oregon. None of them said that they ever received the package.
- Earlier this month, a classified addendum including details of the package was released by House and Senate Democrats, who called the FBI to “brief Congress on ‘specific’ evidence of a foreign effort to interfere in the 2020 election.”
- Maloney indicated that what he demanded was unclassified, more sensitive information. Nunes replied that “this document contains extremely sensitive information that Democrats will leak if the document is made available to the full House. In fact, some of this information may have already been leaked, a matter I hope the FBI is investigating.”
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also listed on Derkach’s website as one of the top Republicans to whom Derkach has sought to send the materials. Pompeo declined to comment, saying, “We’re taking seriously the threats that Russia will try to engage in disinformation campaigns. There’s still work ongoing and there’s still unsettled intelligence around these things.”
Republican members of the panel have suggested that Maloney may have violated House ethics rules by pressing Nunes. “He was very rude,” said Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AK). “Members don’t question other members in hearings….It was really inappropriate in my opinion, and pretty childish.”