Graham May Haul Joe Biden Before The U.S. Senate Over Nepotism Allegations
After previously indicating he would not call former Vice President Joe Biden to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly is now toying around with idea — and his fellow Republicans are warning him against the move.
According to The Hill, the South Carolina senator said last month that he would not compel the Democratic presidential candidate to offer testimony, nor his son, Hunter Biden.
But taking his cues from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, Graham is now saying he might haul Biden in to talk.
At issue is Trump, Giuliani, and other Republicans’ assertion that the Bidens engaged in corruption in Ukraine, after the former vice president took the lead on the issue and his son landed a spot on a Ukrainian gas company’s board.
Giuliani has pressured Graham to investigate the issue in response to Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump. Graham said he would want the president’s attorney to testify before deciding if Biden should be called as well.
But other Senate Republicans are not sold on the idea, The Hill noted, with some concerned that calling in a Democratic presidential candidate is bad optics for the GOP.
“If you’re Lindsey, I’m not sure I’d be taking recommendations from Rudy Giuliani on who I bring” in front of the committee, Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.), told The Hill. But he also said it is ultimately up to Graham in deciding who is called to testify.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said he does not believe the Bidens should be the committee’s focus, telling The Hill: “It wouldn’t be my highest priority. We need limited bandwidth if we need to try to focus on getting things done, not contributing to the sideshow.”
On Wednesday, Graham said is unsure whether he will call either of the Bidens to testify, saying he wants to see what the Intelligence Committee does first.
“I’m concerned about the corruption in the Ukraine. I’d like to hear from Rudy,” Graham said, calling Trump’s attorney the “foundational witness.”