Rudy Giuliani announced Tuesday that he will not comply with a congressional subpoena in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, calling the proceedings “illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless.”
Three House Democrats — including California’s Adam Schiff, who is leading the impeachment inquiry — last month ordered the former New York City mayor to surrender documents related to his interactions with the Ukrainian government.
On Tuesday, they got their answer from Giuliani, now Trump’s personal lawyer.
“I will not participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless ‘impeachment inquiry,’” tweeted Giuliani, along with a letter from his own lawyer, Jon Sale.
The letter repeats Giuliani’s description of the inquiry, adding, “The subpoena is overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry.
“Moreover, documents sought in the subpoena are protected by attorney-client, attorney work-product, and executive privileges.”
The same three House chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry — Schiff plus New York Rep. Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs committee and Maryland’s Elijah Cummings of the Oversight committee — have also subpoenaed two Giuliani associates facing campaign-finance charges.
In addition to allegedly funneling foreign cash to Republican politicians and a pro-Trump political action committee, the Soviet-born duo, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, purportedly helped Giuliani dig for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a July 25 call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked his counterpart to probe Biden and his son Hunter over their dealings in Ukraine while Biden was in the White House.
Allegations that the request constituted a quid pro quo because Ukraine was waiting on a substantial American aid package at the time spurred the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
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