2019-10-09 10:20:281 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
Because Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is so positive that there is corruption in Ukraine that doesn't involve Donald Trump and that his attorney Rudy Giuliani holds the answers, he has invited the former mayor of New York to testify before his committee.
Giuliani is seen as a big influence in Donald Trump's quest for information about possible corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic contender, and his son Hunter. This quest led to him asking Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and the Ukraine influence on the 2016 election.
He reportedly received his information about the Bidens from two Florida businessmen with ties to Ukraine. They are refusing to cooperate in the impeachment inquiry launched after a whistleblower filed a complaint about Trump's call to Zelensky asking him to investigate.
Giuliani is refusing to appear as well. "I wouldn't testify in front of that committee until there is a vote of Congress and [House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA)] is removed," he said. "Let them hold me in contempt. We'll go to court. We'll challenge the contempt." Like the White House, he also sees the impeachment inquiry as "illegal."
"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," said the chairman in a statement, of the man Biden pushed to have removed when he was still vice president.
"Given the House of Representatives' behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine."
He did not indicate whether this would be a public or closed-door hearing. A public hearing would give Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including three of Biden's fellow 2020 candidates — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — a shot at interrogating Giuliani, and it's well known he does not interview well and makes wild statements, often making his own or Trump's situation worse.
Also itching for a chance to grill Giuliani is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Like Giuliani, she is also a former mayor of a major U.S. city.
"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," she said.
"Democratic members have plenty of questions for Mr. Giuliani, and this would give us an opportunity to help separate fact from fiction for the American people."
However, it doesn't look like either chamber will get a chance with Giuliani. "Love Lindsey, but I am still a lawyer, and I will have to deal with privilege," he said.
This should prove as a wake-up call to Graham, as well as other Republicans, that Giuliani, as well as Trump, has something to hide. To complain that you won't participate because it's illegal and because Schiff is included, once you get the opportunity to clear your name with someone who is on your side and who will make it legal in your eyes, and allow you to avoid the person you see as corrupt, you should jump at the chance.
Unless you have something to hide.
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