Lindsey Graham Invites Rudy Giuliani to Testify About His Ukraine 'Concerns'

By Susan Jones | October 8, 2019 | 11:58am EDT
Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, now serves as President Trump's private attorney. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

( - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has invited President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to appear before the committee to air his concerns about Ukraine corruption.

Graham made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday:

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.

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

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

No date has been set.

Giuliani says Ukraine Prosecutor-General Shokin was told to drop an investigation of Burisma, the Ukraine natural gas company that put then-Vice President Joe Biden's troubled son Hunter on its board in 2014.

Giuliani, in a long Sept. 29 interview with Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures," said he was "a lawyer defending a client" -- a client accused of Russian collusion -- when he started investigating what went on in Ukraine.

He said he didn't go looking for dirt on the Bidens -- it was "handed" to him as he probed the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Giuliani argues that the 2016 "collusion" wasn't in Russia, it was in Ukraine. "And it was bought and paid for. It was done by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee," he said.

"What I was told was that this collusion began in Ukraine, that there is evidence of people in the Obama administration telling the Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on Trump going back to as early as January 2016. There are witnesses to this," Giuliani said. "Look, I can't determine if it's true or not. But if this isn't investigated, it would be a major scandal."

Guiliani told Maria Bartiromo, "I wasn't trying to get dirty information on Biden. Biden was in our way. Biden had the prosecutor fired who was investigating the collusion. That prosecutor, the new prosecutor, bought and paid for, who is corrupt, dismissed the case on Hunter Biden. And dismissed a case on a company called Antac. And that's where a lot of the dirty information, including false information, came from.

"And if you think I'm just making this up, the American swamp media avoids the fact that, in December of 2018, a Ukrainian court found that there was illegal interference in the election. They named the particular parliamentarian who was guilty, and they say it was information illegally given to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

"That is a court decision, not Rudy Giuliani, but a Ukrainian court," Giuliani continued. "And I have four more affidavits like this. These are people willing to go under oath that say that false information and dirty information about the Trump campaign was given to the American Embassy, the Democratic National Committee, operatives for Hillary Clinton, and The New York Times."

Giuiani said he is representing President Trump and "bringing out facts that the swamp wants to cover up. I knew the moment Biden was mentioned that it would be more difficult to do this, because they'd all circle the wagons and try to protect him.

"The reality is, if the president of the United States hadn't asked for an investigation of this, he wouldn't be doing his job under Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution. Just because Joe Biden is a protected Washington creature doesn't mean that the serious allegations of a pay-for-play pattern, $8 million to his son from Ukraine, when he's supposed to be straightening out corruption in Ukraine, $1.5 billion from China...these are things that relate to the foreign policy of the United States.

"They relate to the credibility of the United States. And you don't get away with doing this just because you're a candidate for president."

In that same interview, Biden urged the Republican Senate to investigate "extremely serious charges about the former vice president, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, who "was trading on the father's public office."


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