Nunes Refuses Say If He Received Information From Ukraine Meant To Damage Biden
According to The Hill, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Wednesday “declined to answer whether he had received materials from Ukrainian sources meant to damage former Vice President Joe Biden’s reputation ahead of the 2020 election.”
- Nunes was “questioned repeatedly in a closed-door committee meeting Wednesday by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) about materials that were allegedly sent to GOP members of Congress, including the California representative, by Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Derkach,” reported The Hill.
- Derkach previously worked with President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. The Hill wrote that “Giuliani has ties to Ukraine, and last year boasted publicly of a trip to the country for the purpose of investigating Biden’s past.”
"I guess I would request an explanation from the ranking member why he is just not prepared to respond to a simple question whether he has received materials that have been called into question that seem designed to denigrate a former vice president of the United States, but, at a minimum, to share them with the rest of the committee," Maloney said during the closed-door hearing, according to a transcript released by the committee Thursday.
- Maloney “went on to tell Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, that there are public reports that congressional Republicans have received materials from the Ukrainian lawmaker, and that they ‘would not be prohibited from disclosure,’” according to The Hill.
"But, at a minimum, I also understand that majority staff has requested of the minority that they be shared with majority staff so that we might evaluate them independently," Maloney continued.
- “The New York congressman added that his inquiry to Nunes is 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, according to CNN,” wrote The Hill.
- Schiff asked Nunes if he would like to respond to Maloney, to which Nunes replied, “No.”
Maloney pressed Nunes again, asking, “Is the ranking member prepared to even respond to the question? How about it, Mr. Nunes? Did you receive a package from Andrii Derkach or not? And would you share with the committee or not?"
- According to the transcript, Nunes did not answer. “Well, I guess this is a case where silence speaks volumes,” Maloney stated.
- The Hill wrote that “the Trump campaign and the president's allies have repeatedly pushed an unfounded claim that the former vice president used the power of his office to help his son Hunter Biden who, at the time, served on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.”
- According to the Los Angeles Times, “text messages released earlier this year revealed communication between a member of Nunes's staff and Lev Parnas, a close Ukrainian associate of Giuliani's who was arrested for campaign finance violations, about meetings with Ukrainian prosecutors to get information about Biden.”
“The Hill has reached out to Nunes’s office for comment,” the report concluded.