Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Graham says he Will invite Giuliani to testify on corruption inside Ukraine

Graham says he Will invite Giuliani to testify on corruption inside Ukraine

The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday opened the door to a Senate investigation into unproven allegations regarding Ukraine raised by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, inviting the attorney to testify.

Graham, a Republican from SC, said, "It is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine", noting that his invitation was for Giuliani to "come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the Committee of his concerns".

"Graham stated on Twitter which he'd expand the invitation after hearing" disturbing allegations" about corruption in Ukraine and" the numerous improprieties surrounding the shooting of former Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary, said she would "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".

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that he will refuse to cooperate with the House Democrats conducting a formal impeachment investigation into the president's conduct. "I went back to read two books about the Salem witch trials", said the former New York City mayor.

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Whether Yovanovitch will appear has been thrown into question by the White House's assertion that it will not co-operate with what it now considers an illegitimate impeachment inquiry of the president.

"Very interested but need to review because of privilege issue", he said in a text message.

In the wake of allegations that Trump asked the Ukrainian President to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden, Giuliani has made several unsubstantiated allegations that while in office, Biden pushed for a Ukrainian prosecutor to be fired in order to end an investigation into company Bursima. Those interviews prompted legal observers to opine that Giuliani incriminated himself and other government officials. Accusations of wrongdoing by the Bidens have not been substantiated, leading Democrats to say Giuliani has been pushing conspiracy theories.

Giuliani, meanwhile, is not the only person Graham has called on to appear before his committee.

The move, if it ever came to fruition, would put one of the president's most impassioned defenders in the spotlight - while also exposing him to questioning by senators about his mysterious meetings with a former Ukrainian prosecutor and his business dealings while representing the president.

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