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

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2019

"Good. I have questions", she wrote on Twitter.

Bloomberg reported that this invitation - which occurred as a rift was growing between Graham and Trump on foreign policy in Syria - came after "days of pressure from top Trump allies including Donald Trump Jr. for Graham to act" after the chairman had deferred investigation efforts to the probe being run by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Giuliani spoke to Laura Ingraham on Tuesday about the White House letter telling House Democrats they will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry because Democrats "have flouted the Constitution and all past bipartisan precedent".

"So I shall give to Mr. Giuliani the chance to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to notify the committee of his worries", he explained.

Graham's offer that was refused came just after news broke that the White House had blocked USA ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from testifying before House investigators.

"It is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine", Senator Lindsey Graham said in a series of tweets, mentioning specifically the firing of Ukraine's former prosecutor Viktor Shokin.

Giuliani is one of the central figures at the center of the current impeachment inquiry. The envoy's name was brought up in a "whistleblower" complaint about a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Kurt Volker, the former special representative to Ukraine has resigned as the head of the McCain Institute for International Leadership over his role in President Donald Trump's pushing Ukraine into probing allegations of corruption against Hunter Biden and his father, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Giuliani has repeatedly pushed a narrative that Vice President Joe Biden pushed for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to help his son, Hunter.

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.

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.

A spokesman for Graham said it had not yet been determined whether Giuliani would appear in a closed or open session, or exactly when he might offer testimony. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

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