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

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he will invite the presidents personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding alleged corruption in Ukraine.

“I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns,” Graham announced in a series of Twitter posts on Oct 8.

Graham, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said his offer comes from having heard Giuliani voice his concerns about the firing of Ukraines former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, as well as alleged corruption in the country.

“Given the House of Representatives behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine,” Graham wrote.

Have heard on numerous occasions disturbing allegations by @RudyGiuliani about corruption in Ukraine and the many improprieties surrounding the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

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— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 8, 2019

Given the House of Representatives behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine.

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— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 8, 2019

Therefore I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns.

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— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 8, 2019

Giuliani has repeatedly raised concerns about whether then-Vice President Joe Biden used his office to interfere with a Ukrainian investigation. During a Council of Foreign Relations discussion in 2018, Biden bragged about successfully forcing then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2016 to terminate Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to the country.

“I looked at them and said: Im leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, youre not getting the money. Well, son of a [expletive]. He got fired,” Biden said.

Shokin was in charge of investigating energy company Burisma Holdings at the time while Bidens son, Hunter, held a lucrative board position. Biden has repeatedly denied that he used his influence to get the top prosecutor fired.

Meanwhile, Shokin told a European court in a sworn affidavit that he was removed because he refused to drop the Burisma investigation.

“The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine, and Joe Bidens son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors,” Shokin said.

Giuliani told The Hill on Oct. 8 that he will consider Grahams offer “seriously,” but he needs to sort out issues relating to privilege.

Senate Democrats on the committee have welcomed Grahams decision to invite the attorney to appear before them.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she wants to question Giuliani under oath “about his role in seeking the Ukrainian governments assistance to investigate one of the presidents political rivals.”

“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,” she wrote on Twitter.

I welcome the opportunity to question Rudy Giuliani under oath about his role in seeking the Ukrainian governments assistance to investigate one of the presidents political rivals. pic.twitter.com/5oa7MhKpAd

— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 8, 2019

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