WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday that he would invite Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, to testify before his committee about his recent trip to Ukraine.
- According to the former New York City mayor, Trump has asked him to brief the Justice Department and GOP senators on his supposed findings, and Giuliani indicated earlier this week that he would be willing to do so.
- Giuliani has been in Ukraine this month in an attempt to dig up dirt on Trump’s rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Wednesday said he will invite President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to testify before his committee about information he’s gathered about corruption in Ukraine.
“I’m going to be reaching out to Rudy, writing a letter saying you’re welcome to come to this committee, if you have something you’d like to share about corruption,” the Republican senator told reporters.
Graham said Giuliani wouldn’t be compelled to testify and his appearance “would be up to him.”
The president’s lawyer has been traveling in Ukraine since spring to investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden, over allegations the former vice president withheld $1 billion in financial aid unless Viktor Shokin, a top Ukrainian prosecutor, was fired. Biden’s son, Hunter, was working for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company, at that time.
A source told The Wall Street Journal that Giuliani told Trump that his recent trip to Ukraine produced “more than you can imagine.”
In recent interviews, Giuliani said he lobbied Trump to fire Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, because she was obstructing the investigations into corruption in Ukraine. Giuliani added that Yovanovitch was blocking visas for former Ukrainian officials to travel to the United States to present evidence to him and federal authorities about the Bidens.
“I believed that I needed Yovanovitch out of the way,” Trump’s lawyer told The New Yorker in a report published Monday. “She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would be willing to testify and present documents during a Senate impeachment trial of Trump “if that’s appropriate and required by law.”
Pompeo made the comments at a State Department news conference as the House was debating impeachment.
Source: New York Post