U.S. Senate panel chairman says will probe Ukraine, invites Giuliani

Clay Curtis
October 10, 2019

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday invited Rudy Giuliani to seem earlier than his committee to speak concerning the corruption he was looking for to uncover in Ukraine on behalf of President Trump.

Text messages among senior State Department officials put Sondland at the center of efforts to extract from the Ukrainians a pledge to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden and debunked conspiracy theories concerning the 2016 election in exchange for a White House visit the Ukrainian president desperately sought.

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry is worse than the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts because at least those accused "had more rights" than what Democrats are affording Trump. 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 US aid to the country.

Biden's son Hunter had been hired as a board member by an Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings, to the tune of $50,000 a month, while his father was the Obama administration's point man for Ukraine policy. Volker said "there was no mention of Vice President Biden in these conversations".

In response to a request for comment on Graham's announcement, Giuliani told CNN, "Love Lindsey, but I am still a lawyer and I will have to deal with privilege".

Democrats did, however, applaud the move to invite the outspoken Trump attorney.

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

Giuliani is among the central figures in the middle of the present impeachment inquiry.

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

Graham did not make any reference to his committee investigating a whistle-blower's allegations that President Trump abused his office by pushing the Ukrainians to investigate a political opponent. The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.

After Energy Secretary Rick Perry, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and the then-U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker returned from Zelensky's inauguration, the trio hoped to sit-down with Trump to express their belief that he should meet with Zelensky.

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