FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) holds a information convention to debate immigration laws and the U.S.-Mexico border on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Could 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday opened the door to a Senate investigation into unproven allegations relating to Ukraine raised by President Donald Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani, inviting the lawyer to testify.
“It’s time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and different improprieties involving Ukraine,” Senator Lindsey Graham mentioned in a sequence of tweets, mentioning particularly the firing of Ukraine’s former prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
Giuliani and his unsubstantiated allegations are central to the Democratic impeachment inquiry within the Home of Representatives, which adopted a July 25 cellphone name during which President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to analyze 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Graham, a South Carolina Republican and shut Trump ally, didn’t give particular dates for a possible Giuliani look or some other public hearings on the matter.
Giuliani, the previous New York Metropolis mayor, was not instantly out there for remark.
The Home Intelligence Committee, which is main the impeachment probe, subpoenaed Giuliani to offer paperwork on Sept 30.
He and others have made unsubstantiated claims that when Joe Biden was vp, he had a prosecutor fired to halt an investigation right into a Ukrainian fuel firm that Hunter Biden was concerned in between 2014 and 2018. Biden has dismissed the allegations and no proof has emerged to assist them.
Reporting by Susan Heavey and David Morgan; Enhancing by Tim Ahmann and David Gregorio