Lindsey Graham invites Giuliani to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday invited Rudy Giuliani to appear before his committee to talk about the corruption he was seeking to uncover in Ukraine on behalf of President Trump.

“I have heard on numerous occasions disturbing allegations by Rudy Giuliani about corruption in Ukraine and the many improprieties surrounding the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin,” the South Carolina Republican senator said.

“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.”

Giuliani is at the center of the House’s impeachment probe. President Trump asked the president of Ukraine to look into Joe and Hunter Biden and urged Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Giuliani on the investigation.

The former New York City mayor is Trump’s personal attorney. It’s unclear if he will accept the invitation, as the Trump administration has blocked other witnesses from testifying before the House.

With Graham, a Trump ally, at the helm of the committee, Giuliani could have a friendlier forum than the House impeachment proceedings, which Trump has panned as a “kangaroo court.”

Giuliani would still be subject to questions from the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee — including presidential hopefuls Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

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