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Biden case: Democrats want Giuliani to testify in Senate

Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani Enlarge Image Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani Getty Images
Deanna Wagner | 10 October, 2019, 15:48

Graham tweeted Tuesday morning that he would be offering former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani a chance to testify about his allegations of corruption in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by the South Carolina Republican. Therefore I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the Committee of his concerns, ' he wrote.

Graham said on Twitter that he would extend the invite after hearing "disturbing allegations" about corruption in Ukraine and "the many improprieties surrounding the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin".

Other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, though, have previously told ABC News they do not want to hear from Giuliani.

Giuliani said he is holding the Trump administration's line that the impeachment inquiry is "illegal".

Engel joined the chairmen of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Oversight and Reform in issuing this statement: "The House of Representatives is engaged in an impeachment inquiry to determine whether the President violated his oath of office and endangered our national security by pressing Ukraine to launch sham investigations to assist his personal and political interests rather than the interests of the American people".

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"Rudy Giuliani is rapidly turning into a joke", Sen.

Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City speaks to the Organization of Iranian American Communities during a march outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 24, 2019.

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". Those interviews prompted legal observers to opine that Giuliani incriminated himself and other government officials. "He got fired", Biden said. Then-Vice President Biden reportedly pressured the Ukrainian government to fire Shokin, who was investigating Hunter Biden, or else the US government would withhold foreign aid to the eastern European nation. But there has been no evidence Hunter Biden was ever under investigation, and a variety of western bodies also wanted the former prosecutor to go for failing to root out corruption in Ukraine. That strategy is evident in Graham's invitation to Giuliani.

During the closed-door meeting last week Volker said that his "efforts were entirely focused on advancing USA foreign policy goals with respect to no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden".