Giuliani Refuses To Comply with Subpoena from House Dems

Nellie Chapman
October 19, 2019

Gaetz is not a member of any of the three House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry and Gaetz told reporters the House parliamentarian said he could not attend.

Sale confirmed the move to TPM on Tuesday but denied reports that he and Giuliani had "parted ways" amid House Democrats' subpoena issued to Giuliani in the impeachment inquiry into his and President Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings. The subpoena sent by House Democrats on September 30 was "overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry", Sale wrote, adding that the documents requests are protected by "attorney-client, attorney work-product, and executive privileges".

"I will not participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless 'impeachment inquiry, '" Giuliani tweeted on Tuesday.

"If they enforce it then we will see what happens", Giuliani said.

"I think it is just important for the American people to understand Rudy Giuliani is Donald Trump and Donald Trump is Rudy Giuliani".

Sondland's closed-door testimony to three House committees was aimed at distancing himself from Trump and Giuliani's efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Sale said in the letter that Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is abiding by an October 8 letter that White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent House Democrats saying that the executive branch will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, which focuses on Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

On Tuesday, they got their answer from Giuliani, now Trump's personal lawyer. "In addition, the subpoena is overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry".

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"The committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters", the document noted.

Giuliani is reportedly under criminal investigation over his Ukraine-related work.

"At this time, I do not need a lawyer", he wrote.

Giuliani was sent the subpoena by the House Intelligence Committee on September 30, following consultation with the Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Reform, and Judiciary committees.

The chairman leading the impeachment investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the stonewalling simply bolsters the charge that Trump is obstructing Congress.

Giuliani has indicated interest in appearing before Graham's panel - and he said the Republican senator planned to subpoena the Bidens to appear before the committee.

Giuliani's refusal comes a full week after White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House Democrats stating that the executive branch would not participate in the impeachment investigation, citing the lack of a House vote as well as due process and fairness concerns.

Sale, a former Watergate prosecutor and a former prosecutor in the Southern District of NY, echoed the White House legal view that the Congressional investigation isn't legitimate without a full vote of the House.

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