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Trump's lawyer Giuliani will not co-operate with House impeachment inquiry

Trump's lawyer Giuliani will not co-operate with House impeachment inquiry”

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is inviting President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to testify about corruption in Ukraine. President Trump in a July 25 call repeatedly asks Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to contact Giuliani and seeks an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The South Carolina senator said there had been many "improprieties" surround the firing of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Trump's personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Therefore I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the Committee of his concerns, ' he wrote.

'I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican's rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public, ' the president Tweeted.

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

House Democrats have subpoenaed Giuliani for documents related to Ukraine as part of their impeachment inquiry. Graham had also told reporters he would not investigate the Bidens, saying that would effectively shut down the Senate on other matters.

It is unclear if Giuliani will accept Graham's invitation and appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

With the USA ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland sidelined in his desire to appear and answer questions, cable TV regular Giuliani will get the chance to air his claims of Ukrainian corruption that he wants aired.

Giuliani has stated that he shared all of the details of his conversations with Yermak with the State Department.

But Giuliani, who for months has been promoting unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden were mired in corrupt dealings in Ukraine, was himself recently named as a possible co-conspirator in an alleged "shakedown" of a Ukrainian gas company, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The only thing that prevents rational people from dismissing all this stuff as insane talk fueled by discredited Ukrainian ex-officials is Hunter Biden's connection to Burisma, which carries the whiff of a powerful politician's son trading on his family name. Shokin was broadly considered ineffectual by Western nations, accused of corruption by his deputy, and removed in 2016 under pressure from European nations and the Obama administration, as well as some Republican senators.

Nevertheless, Graham wants to hold a hearing on "corruption and other improprieties" in Ukraine at some to-be-determined date with one witness - Giuliani - and then go from there.

USA officials, the whistleblower wrote, were "deeply concerned" by Giuliani's communications with Ukraine.



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