Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham of SC said on Tuesday that he plans to invite Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, to speak to the committee about Ukraine.
Graham, an ally of the president, said he is enlisting other Senate Republicans to sign a letter he will send to Pelosi stating they "do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense".
"I even hang heard on a total lot of cases tense allegations by Rudy Giuliani about corruption in Ukraine and the many improprieties surrounding the firing of old Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin", the South Carolina Republican senator said.
In the wake of allegations that Trump asked the Ukrainian President to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden, Giuliani has made several unsubstantiated allegations that while in office, Biden pushed for a Ukrainian prosecutor to be fired in order to end an investigation into company Bursima.
"I welcome the opportunity to question Rudy Giuliani under oath about his role in seeking the Ukrainian government's assistance to investigate one of the president's political rivals", said Sen.
Graham did not specify if the invitation was for Giuliani to meet privately with the committee and staff or to testify publicly. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee.
House Democrats are waiting to see if the Trump administration will block the former USA ambassador to Ukraine from speaking to their investigators.
Giuliani further called the impeachment inquiry "so stupid, it's neanderthal".
He then suggested that the hearing would be an attempt to rebut the narrative emerging from the impeachment inquiry being conducted by House Democrats. The investigation centers on Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Biden has dismissed the allegations and no evidence has emerged to support them.
Giuliani would nonetheless be topic to questions from the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee - together with presidential hopefuls Sens.
A former New York City mayor, Giuliani said he would like to appear before the Senate panel but needed to determine whether maintaining confidentiality as Trump's lawyer would be an issue.
Giuliani has shown that live testimony isn't the best medium for him to appear, given several startling interviews over the past few weeks.
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