Gra­ham in­vites Giu­liani to Se­nate to dis­cuss Ukraine

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Af­ter break­ing with ally Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump Mon­day on is­sues in­volv­ing Turkey, U.S. Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham is now call­ing for the Se­nate to in­ves­ti­gate the pres­i­dent’s per­sonal lawyer’s claims into cor­rup­tion in Ukraine in­volv­ing the Bi­den fam­ily.

Gra­ham tweeted Tues­day morn­ing that he would be of­fer­ing for­mer New York City mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giu­liani a chance to tes­tify about his al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in front of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, which is chaired by the South Carolina Repub­li­can.

“Given the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ be­hav­ior, it is time for the Se­nate to in­quire about cor­rup­tion and other im­pro­pri­eties in­volv­ing Ukraine,” Gra­ham tweeted.

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. Hunter Bi­den served on the board of Bur­sima.

Af­ter de­tails of the call be­tween Trump and his Ukrainian coun­ter­part were brought to light by a whistle­blower, House Democrats launched an im­peach­ment in­quiry into the

pres­i­dent’s con­duct.

Giu­liani him­self has been at the cen­ter of the con­flict. The for­mer mayor is ac­cused of putting pres­sure on Ukrainian of­fi­cials to in­ves­ti­gate the Bi­dens and seek­ing dam­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion on Trump’s Demo­cratic op­po­nents in the coun­try.

Dur­ing his call with the Ukrainian pres­i­dent, Trump asked his coun­ter­part to dis­cuss the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Bi­dens with Giu­liani, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script re­leased by the White House. The whistle­blower’s re­port al­leges that Giu­liani trav­eled to Spain to meet with Ukraine govern­ment of­fi­cials in Au­gust, shortly af­ter the call.

The whistle­blower’s re­port also states that Giu­liani reached out to sev­eral other ad­vi­sors to the Ukrainian pres­i­dent pri­vately.

U.S. Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris, a 2020 hope­ful who is on the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, wel­comed Gra­ham’s in­vi­ta­tion.

“Good. I have ques­tions,” Har­ris tweeted.

Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee Chair­man Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C., is shown at a Sept. 11 hear­ing. Gra­ham tweeted Tues­day he would be of­fer­ing Trump lawyer Rudy Giu­liani a chance to tes­tify on his cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

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