Schumer: Giuliani must testify under oath

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that he supports a decision to invite Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOvernight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment READ: Diplomat describes pressure put on Ukraine to open 'investigations' MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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

 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Partisan squabbles endanger congressional response to Trump's course on Syria 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. 

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 BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment 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 Devi HarrisSaagar Enjeti: Warren, Buttigieg don't stand a chance against Trump Warren overtakes Sanders in new poll The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerProgressive commentator: Voters becoming weary of Warren policy proposals Saagar Enjeti: Warren, Buttigieg don't stand a chance against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg would support delaying Libra | More attorneys general join Facebook probe | Defense chief recuses from 'war cloud' contract | Senate GOP blocks two election security bills | FTC brings case against 'stalking' app developer Senate Republicans block two election security bills Warren overtakes Sanders in new poll MORE (D-Minn.) — meaning 2020 politics will loom over any testimony. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Khashoggi fiancée meets with lawmakers seeking 'justice and accountability' for his slaying Schiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, said she supported having Giuliani come before the panel. 

"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.