Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rudy Giuliani invited to testify about Ukraine

Rudy Giuliani invited to testify about Ukraine

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairperson Lindsey Graham holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, May 15, 2019.

"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", the South Carolina Republican senator said. Giuliani has drawn massive scrutiny over his media tours in defense of the president, the latest of which, he used to proclaim Trump has "every right" to ask foreign powers to investigate Biden. The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.

The former New York City mayor is Trump's personal attorney. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) - an opportunity to question him.

Democrats leading the House impeachment inquiry are focusing on whether Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine and other considerations including a meeting unless the government investigated Biden's actions regarding Ukraine when he was in office.

"Good. I have questions", Harris tweeted. A campaign spokesman told Bloomberg that "bringing forward noted conspiracist and liar Rudy Giuliani would further discredit the reputation of the Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Graham".

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It's unclear if Giuliani will accept Graham's offer to testify. Schiff and other Democratic House chairmen said they meant to subpoena Sondland to compel his deposition.

Giuliani is at the center of the storm over Trump's attempt to pry damaging information about Biden out of Ukraine.

Giuliani has stated that he shared all of the details of his conversations with Yermak with the State Department. "Let the chips fall where they may!" he added in a tweet soon after.

Trump, in his July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, had recommended that Zelenskiy contact Giuliani for guidance on allegations regarding Biden and his son. This could be a particular point of controversy, as he as vacillated between saying his work in Ukraine was in his personal capacity as the President's attorney and then later claiming he was tasked with the job by the U.S. State Department. In a Sunday appearance on Face the Nation, Graham said the whistleblower complaint that sparked the House's impeachment inquiry was a "political setup"; he expressed his support for appointing a special prosecutor to "look into whether or not Joe Biden had [Viktor Shokin] fired and in a proper way".

-With assistance from Jordan Fabian.

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