The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has invited former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to testify before the committee regarding allegations of corruption in Ukraine and President Trump’s attempts to have them investigated.
“Have heard on numerous occasions disturbing allegations by [Giuliani] about corruption in Ukraine and the many improprieties surrounding the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin,” Graham said.
Graham appears to have had a change of heart, as he previously indicated he would prefer someone outside of the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate the Ukrainian corruption allegations against the Bidens.
“Given the House of Representatives’ behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine,” Graham said on Twitter.
“Therefore I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns,” said Graham, a close ally of President Trump, on Twitter.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said of his invitation to President Trump’s personal lawyer Giuliani he is “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!”
This will allow the Trump administration a congressional forum to put forward its own narrative about allegations of the Bidens’ business dealings in Ukraine, and their alleged corruption, reported Bloomberg.
Giuliani hasn’t committed to the opportunity to testify before the committee as yet.
“Very interested but need to review because of privilege issue,” he said in a text message.
“We’ll hear from Giuliani and then determine what if any additional witnesses need to be called,” said Graham to spokeswoman Taylor Reidy, communications director at Senate Judiciary Committee.
Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden, said in a statement, “Bringing forward noted conspiracist and liar Rudy Giuliani would further discredit the reputation of the Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Graham.”
Hours before Graham made his decision to ask Giuliani to testify, the U.S. State Department prevented the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from appearing before the panel leading the investigation.
“I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see,” Trump tweeted.
Giuliani has claimed Joe Biden, as vice president, had Ukrainian Prosecutor general of Viktor Shokin fired from his job, as he was investigating Burisma Holdings—the gas company where Biden’s son Hunter was on the board.
President Trump spoke to Ukrainian President Zelenskiy on July 25, and asked him to look into corruption allegations against the Bidens, and suggested he contact Giuliani on the matter.
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.”
She said Democrats, “have plenty of questions for Mr. Giuliani,” reported Bloomberg.