Giuliani Says He Will Refuse to Testify Before House Democrats

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

When asked by CNN if he would accept the invite, Giuliani appeared to decline, answering "Love Lindsey, but I am still a lawyer and I will have to deal with privilege".

Graham said he has heard "disturbing allegations by Rudy Giuliani about corruption in Ukraine" and would like to hear Giuliani elaborate on those concerns.

"Given the House of Representatives" behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine. During a Council of Foreign Relations discussion in 2018, Biden bragged about successfully forcing then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2016 to terminate Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion in USA aid to the country. Let the chips fall where they may! Well, son of a [expletive]. There was widespread criticism of Shokin from several high-profile global leaders, including members of the European Union and worldwide Monetary Fund, who said Biden's recommendation was well justified.

Giuliani told The Hill on October 8 that he will consider Graham's offer "seriously", but he needs to sort out issues relating to privilege. Lindsey Graham's, R-S.C., offer to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Therefore I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the Committee of his concerns".

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a 2020 hopeful who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, welcomed Graham's invitation. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also shared similar sentiments.

Giuliani is widely perceived as a key player in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry focusing partly on whether Trump abused his powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic rival Joe Biden and help his own reelection effort. The investigation centers on Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Sondland, a wealthy hotel operator who had no previous diplomatic experience anywhere in the world, was a generous donor to Trump's 2016 presidential bid and he appears to have secured his ambassadorship, like most ambassadorships are secured, as a quid pro quo.

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said that the move amounted to "strong evidence of corruption" and that the State Department was preventing Sondland from releasing "text messages or emails on a personal device" that are relevant to Democrats' investigation of Ukraine and the whistleblower complaint.

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