Trump's lawyer Giuliani will not co-operate with House impeachment inquiry

Evarado Alatorre
Octubre 10, 2019

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is launching his own probe of "corruption" in Ukraine - and has invited President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani to testify as his star witness.

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said Tuesday he won't testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee as part of the House's expanding impeachment inquiry as long as Rep.

"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. "I have questions." Fellow 2020 Democratic candidate, Sen.

The White House on Tuesday forcefully pushed back, notifying Pelosi and other top Democrats that it would not cooperate with the "illegitimate and unconstitutional" impeachment inquiry. "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". He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Giuliani added that he "can't imagine" anyone else from the Trump administration would appear before the committee.

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

Giuliani told The Hill on October 8 that he will consider Graham's offer "seriously", but he needs to sort out issues relating to privilege.

Graham has moved to seize the opportunity and start investigating what the Judiciary Chairman has called "disturbing allegations" and "corruption" surrounding the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden.

Former Vice President Joe Biden - whose son's employment at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma is at the center of the Ukraine controversy - doesn't seem too enthused at the prospect of Giuliani's testimony.

Giuliani has shown that live testimony isn't the best medium for him to appear, given several startling interviews over the past few weeks. There was widespread criticism of Shokin from several high-profile global leaders, including members of the European Union and worldwide Monetary Fund, who said Biden's recommendation was well justified. Ever the optimist, he told Taylor that Trump's decision to withhold about $400 million in military aid from Ukraine while also pressing Zelenskiy to investigate Biden had nothing to do with quid pro quos. In a Sunday appearance on Face the Nation, Graham said the whistleblower complaint that sparked the House's impeachment inquiry was a "political setup"; he expressed his support for appointing a special prosecutor to "look into whether or not Joe Biden had [Viktor Shokin] fired and in a proper way".

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