U.S. Attorney General William Barr was "surprised and angry" to discover he had been lumped in with Giuliani, a person familiar with Barr’s thinking told The Associated Press. This person was not authorized to speak about the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Associated Press reported that.
"The Justice Department discovered Trump's call for the first time on August 14 when a CIA lawyer mentioned the complaint from the unidentified CIA officer," said the official informed in the matter however not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The Department of Justice stated that Barr did not know anything about Trump's call to Zelensky at least until mid-August.
Barr has not spoken with Trump about investigating Biden or Biden’s son Hunter, and Trump has not asked Barr to contact Ukranian officials about the matter, the department said. Barr has also not spoken with Giuliani about anything related to Ukraine, officials have said.
"I will ask him n(Mr. Giuliani - ed.) to call you along with the Attorney General," Trump said to Zelensky about the necessity to investigate the case regarding Joe Biden's son Hunter, according to the transcript of their phone conversation.
Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time then-Vice President Joe Biden was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Ukraine. Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden. There is no evidence that Hunter Biden was ever under investigation in Ukraine.