ALG thanks Sen. Lindsey Graham for looking at Giuliani-raised concerns on U.S.-led Ukraine corruption

Oct. 16, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement thanking House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for his Oct. 8 statement that “it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine” and inviting Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to testify:

“The House of Representatives has engaged in one of the most outrageous abuses of power in our nation’s history through its pretend impeachment effort that is merely an excuse to conduct a secret, partisan investigation against the President dependent upon media animus toward Donald Trump to drive selectively leaked information derived from testimony that is not subject to bi-partisan scrutiny and questioning.

“It is with this backdrop in mind that Chairman Graham’s promise to begin honest, open hearings into the origins of the false Russia collusion issue focused on facts which many in the previous administration will likely find embarrassing is a breath of fresh air.  Allegations out of Ukraine and indeed from former Vice President Joe Biden’s own book and statement before the Council on Foreign Relations certainly raise alarm bells about whether Biden’s actions toward Ukraine to have presidents and prosecutors general removed have been above board.

“Perhaps even more importantly, the apparent actions of the foreign service, including the former ambassador to Ukraine Yovanovitch, to stop anti-corruption Ukrainian officials from traveling to the United States to provide evidence of malfeasance of U.S. officials in their country to the U.S. Justice Department warrant investigation to determine if they were illegal, unseemly or perhaps justified.

“Chairman Graham, thank you for opening this investigation, providing the minority rights to ensure real participation and debate, as it is important to show the nation what a fair inquiry looks like, in contrast to the travesty that continues in the House.  While I have little hope that the bevy of Democratic presidential contenders on your Committee will avoid trying to turn hearings into a circus, in the end everyone will know who was the ringmaster and who were the clowns.”

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