Schumer: Giuliani must testify under oath

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin meeting with Biden, Schumer in Delaware Progressives' optimism for large reforms dwindles Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that he supports a decision to invite Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLev Parnas found guilty of breaking campaign finance laws Giuliani associate Lev Parnas won't testify at trial Four Seasons Total Landscaping comes full circle with MSNBC special MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE's personal lawyer, to testify before a key Senate panel, but said he must do so under oath.

"We welcome Mr. Giuliani testifying. Given the apparent depth of his involvement in the president’s effort to convince foreign governments to investigate a political rival, he must testify under oath," Schumer tweeted

 

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.) earlier on Tuesday announced that he would invite Giuliani to testify about Ukraine, marking a stark reversal from comments he made before Congress's two-week recess.

"It is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine," he said on Tuesday.

Graham said his invitation was for Giuliani to "come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the Committee of his concerns.”

Graham did not specify if the invitation was for Giuliani to meet privately with the panel and staff or to testify publicly. 

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Under committee rules, as part of a deposition, an individual would be sworn in under oath. A spokesperson for Graham said the committee would also swear in a witness as part of a hearing. 

Graham didn't specifically mention former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE, one of the front-runners in the race to face Trump in the 2020 election, or his son, Hunter Biden, in his announcement. But a hearing would likely provide Trump's lawyer a high-profile perch to make his argument that Biden acted improperly in his dealings with Ukraine, though there's been no evidence of wrongdoing. 

Democrats are also signaling that they would relish the opportunity to question Giuliani, who has emerged as a central part of the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. 

The Judiciary Committee includes three presidential contenders — Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGOP blocks Senate Democrats' revised elections bill Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Biden holds meetings to resurrect his spending plan MORE (D-Minn.) — meaning 2020 politics will loom over any testimony. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, said she supported having Giuliani come before the panel. 

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"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," she said.

House Democrats subpoenaed Giuliani late last month as part of an effort to force him to hand over documents, including text messages and phone records, regarding Hunter Biden and efforts by Giuliani or his associates to pressure current or former Ukrainian officials to investigate matters regarding the Bidens or any other American.

Giuliani told The Washington Post on Tuesday that he won't testify before the House panel.

—Updated at 3:07 p.m.