The Department of Justice criminal division reviewed the whistblower’s complaint against President Donald Trump in August, and had determined that based on the law there was no campaign finance violations during his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky and “that no further action was warranted.”
Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec issued a statement Wednesday citing that Attorney General William Barr was first informed of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky and the referral several weeks after the phone call took place. She also noted that at no time did Barr speak with Trump about launching an investigation into Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukraine during the time Biden served as Vice President under President Obama’s administration.
Kupec also confirmed that John Durham, who was appointed to investigate the FBI’s role and origination of its investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia, has interviewed numerous Ukrainian officials in relation to the case. Durham was appointed by Barr early this year to investigate the bureau’s handling of its criminal investigation into Trump, which has now been debunked by four investigations.
“The President has not spoken with the Attorney General about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son,” she said. “The President has not asked the Attorney General to contact Ukraine – on this or any other matter. The Attorney General has not communicated with Ukraine – on this or any other subject. Nor has the Attorney General discussed this matter, or anything relating to Ukraine, with Rudy Giuliani.”
A designated team at the DOJ led by “U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election,” Kupec added.
“While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating,” she added.
As for the referral, in August, the DOJ was made of aware of the whistleblower complaint that was relayed to the Director of National Intelligence by the Inspector General for the intelligence community, Kupec added.
She said that the “Inspector General’s letter cited a conversation between the President and Ukrainian President Zelensky as a potential violation of federal campaign finance law, while acknowledging that neither the Inspector General nor the complainant had firsthand knowledge of the conversation.”
According to Kupec, after a review of the official call and based on established procedures set forth in the Justice Manual, the Department’s Criminal Division it was “determined, based on the facts and applicable law, that there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted.”
“All relevant components of the Department agreed with this legal conclusion, and the Department has concluded the matter,” she said.