Lindsey Graham wants Rudy Giuliani to testify before Senate Judiciary on Ukraine corruption findings
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday he would like to invite Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, to discuss what he learned during his controversial investigation into Ukraine, former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter.
Trump and Giuliani alleged that Biden used his role as vice president to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating an energy company that included Hunter Biden on its board. The calls for the prosecutor’s removal were backed by international groups who said he was not doing enough to battle corruption.
Ukrainian officials found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Bidens, but Ruslan Ryaboshapka, the country’s general prosecutor, vowed to take another look at the case.
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“I have heard on numerous occasions disturbing allegations by Rudy Giuliani about corruption in Ukraine and the many improprieties surrounding the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin,” Graham said in a statement.
House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry related to the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Burisma Holdings and the company’s relationship to the Bidens. Backed by a whistleblower’s complaint, Democrats claimed Trump used the power of his office – including military aid as leverage – to go after Biden, one of his chief rivals in the 2020 election. Trump said he was motivated by a desire to root out corruption.
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Tuesday, Graham indicated his planned invitation for Giuliani to testify was partly in response to the impeachment inquiry in the House, which Republican lawmakers said is being conducted unfairly.
“Given the House of Representatives’ behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine,” Graham said. “Therefore I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the Committee of his concerns.”
In a tweet, Graham said, “Unlike the House of Representatives, I’m tired of only hearing one side of the story. It’s now time to give voice to everything Ukraine.
“Let the chips fall where they may!”
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Graham’s invitation to Giuliani was enthusiastically supported by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee.
“I welcome the opportunity to question Rudy Giuliani under oath about his role in seeking the Ukrainian government’s assistance to investigate one of the president’s political rivals,” Feinstein said in a statement.
“Democratic members have plenty of questions for Mr. Giuliani and this would give us an opportunity to help separate fact from fiction for the American people,” she said.
“We welcome Mr Giuliani testifying,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a tweet. “Given the apparent depth of his involvement in the president’s effort to convince foreign governments to investigate a political rival, he must testify under oath.”
Giuliani told The Washington Post he was “very interested” in Graham’s offer, but “there are a lot of legal issues to consider.”
“Graham wants me to lay out in one place, in one time the Ukrainian collusion and the Biden corruption,” he said. “I appreciate Lindsey offering the opportunity to lay the whole case out.”
“Love Lindsey, but I am still a lawyer and I will have to deal with privilege,” he told CNN.
Giuliani would also have to explain why he could testify before the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee but not the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee.
He told the Post on Tuesday he “wouldn’t testify in front of that committee” until the House conducts a full vote on impeachment and removes Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
“Let them hold me in contempt. We’ll go to court. We’ll challenge the contempt,” Giuliani said.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lindsey Graham wants Rudy Giuliani to testify about Ukraine findings