Graham says he'll invite Giuliani to testify about Ukraine Sen. Lindsey Graham

Graham says he'll invite Giuliani to testify about Ukraine Sen. Lindsey Graham

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, said that he will not testify before House investigators as part of Democrats' ongoing impeachment efforts against the president unless Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is removed as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and the House votes in full on taking up the impeachment probe.

Giving Giuliani the platform of the Senate Judiciary Committee - typically used for the more staid goal of filling out the federal bench - would give a megaphone to the counternarratives that the right has been pushing to defend the President since the Trump-Ukraine scandal broke.

The announcement, first made in a series of tweets by the South Carolina Republican and Trump supporter, came as Giuliani has become targeted in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

But Giuliani, who for months has been promoting unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden were mired in corrupt dealings in Ukraine, was himself recently named as a possible co-conspirator in an alleged "shakedown" of a Ukrainian gas company, according to a report from The Associated Press.

"Given the House of Representatives' behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine", Graham, R-S.C., said in his tweet. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and after the inquiry was announced, the White House released a transcript of his phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Mr. Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he plans on allowing Mr. Giuliani to come before his committee to discuss the "disturbing allegations" about corruption in Ukraine and "many improprieties surrounding the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin".

If Giuliani was to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would face questions from three Democratic presidential candidates: Sens.

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She said Democrats "have plenty of questions for Mr. Giuliani".

"I don't want to turn the Senate into a circus", Graham added.

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, was not immediately available for comment. "We'll challenge the contempt", Giuliani said. However, "there are a lot of legal issues to consider", he noted.

It's unclear if Giuliani will accept Graham's offer to testify.

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

After details of the call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart were brought to light by a whistle blower, House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into the president's conduct. 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.

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