Giuliani outlines conditions for possible cooperation on impeachment vote

President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiHurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted' House Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry Combatting fake news on social media will take a village MORE on Wednesday outlined his potential conditions for cooperating with House Democrats in their impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Giuliani said in an interview with Hill.TV that he may try to invoke attorney-client privilege if the House moves forward with impeachment and holds a formal vote.

“I would sit down with my client and with the other lawyers and we’d discuss attorney-client privilege,” Giuliani said on Hill.TV's “Rising.”

“Most are not going to be bullied by them,” he added, referring to House Democrats. "'We’ll hold you in contempt if you don’t comply'— when do they ever hold a lawyer in contempt for asserting the attorney-client privilege?"

The latest remarks come after the former New York City mayor blasted Democrats in comments to The Washington Post, suggesting they could move to "hold me in contempt."

Giuliani told the Post on Tuesday that he would not testify before the House Intelligence Committee as long as Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Trump's insult-comic act enters danger zone  White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE (D-Calif.) leads the panel as chairman.

“I wouldn’t testify in front of that committee until there is a vote of Congress and he is removed,” Giuliani said, referring to Schiff. “Let them hold me in contempt.”

The White House announced Tuesday that it would not cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry, deeming it illegitimate.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 MORE (D-Calf.) and Democratic leaders, White House counsel Pat Cipollone accused Democrats of making “legally unsupported demands” and violating the Constitution.

The White House has also blocked Trump administration officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, from testifying before Congress.

The effort is part of Republicans' plan to stonewall Democrats’ impeachment investigation, which was sparked by Trump’s call with Ukraine. During that call, Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren MORE.

Trump in turn has repeatedly lashed out against Democrats over the impeachment inquiry, accusing Schiff and Pelosi of committing treason.

—Tess Bonn