Sen. Graham to Invite Giuliani to Testify About Alleged Ukraine Corruption

Sen. Graham to Invite Giuliani to Testify About Alleged Ukraine Corruption

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said Tuesday he won't testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee as part of the House's expanding impeachment inquiry as long as Rep. Lindsey Graham is now calling for the Senate to investigate the president's personal lawyer's claims into corruption in Ukraine involving the Biden family. "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". That strategy is evident in Graham's invitation to Giuliani.

"Rudy Giuliani is rapidly turning into a joke", Sen.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives to campaign for Republican Senate hopeful Mike Braun on November 3, 2018, in Franklin Township, Indiana.

Giuliani told The Hill on October 8 that he will consider Graham's offer "seriously", but he needs to sort out issues relating to privilege.

"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".

But Giuliani, who for months has been promoting unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden were mired in corrupt dealings in Ukraine, was himself recently named as a possible co-conspirator in an alleged "shakedown" of a Ukrainian gas company, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The South Carolina Republican and fierce Trump defender Lindsey Graham announced the investigation Tuesday as the Trump administration ordered a key witness in the Ukraine affair not to appear as scheduled before the House Intelligence Committee.

In recent weeks, Giuliani has repeatedly alleged that Joe Biden, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, improperly pushed Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor in order to protect his son's business interests.

House Democrats issued a subpoena (pdf) to Giuliani on September 30, compelling him to produce documents, including text messages and phone records, relating to alleged efforts by Trump and his administration to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden.

Despite Giuliani's comments, no evidence has emerged to support his theory that there was some sort of "pay-for-play scheme" by Biden related to Shokin's dismissal. "He got fired", Biden said.

"Here's what's going to happen: If the whistleblowers' allegations are turned into an impeachment article, it's imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public, under oath, and cross-examined", Graham said. He's also called on the whistleblower, whose complaint about Trump's conversation with Ukraine's president launched an impeachment inquiry, to come and testify.

Graham has also stated on Fox News that the identity of the whistleblower should be made known.

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