Schumer: Giuliani must testify under oath

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic senator blasts 'draconian' press restrictions during impeachment trial Feds seek 25-year sentence for Coast Guard officer accused of targeting lawmakers, justices Clinton: McConnell's rules like 'head juror colluding with the defendant to cover up a crime' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that he supports a decision to invite Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSenate rejects subpoenaing Mulvaney to testify in impeachment trial GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid Citizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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 GrahamSenator-jurors who may not be impartial? Remove them for cause Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa What to watch for as Senate organizes impeachment on day one 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 BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' 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 HarrisRep. Bobby Rush endorses Bloomberg's White House bid Actor Michael Douglas endorses Bloomberg for president Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover-up,' 'national disgrace' MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Sanders holds four-point lead on Biden in new California poll MORE (D-Minn.) — meaning 2020 politics will loom over any testimony. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinRoberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight Senate opens Trump impeachment trial Democrats ask if US citizens were detained at border checkpoints due to Iranian national origin 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.