Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that he has never personally spoken with Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRoger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview FEC finds Twitter didn't break law by blocking spread of Hunter Biden story Juan Williams: The toxic legacy of Trump's corruption MORE, President Trump's personal attorney who has pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE.
“I have never met Rudy Giuliani. Never. And never had any phone calls with him,” Zelensky told reporters in Kiev while speaking in English, Bloomberg reports.
Zelensky also reiterated that he was not under pressure from Trump to investigate Biden following a call between the two leaders in late July, according to Bloomberg.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky: "I've never met Rudy Giuliani. Never. And never had any phone calls with him." pic.twitter.com/0pA90dUokF— The Hill (@thehill) October 1, 2019
A partial memo of the July 25 discussion released by the White House last week shows Trump asking Zelensky to investigate Biden, a top political rival who is a leading candidate in the Democratic presidential race.
“I want to tell you that I never feel any pressure and there are very many people in the west and in Ukraine who would like to influence me,” Zelensky said Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. “But I am a president of independent Ukraine and I think that, and I hope my steps demonstrate this, that it is impossible to influence me.”
A declassified whistleblower complaint released last week alleges that Trump pressured Zelensky to “meet or speak with” Giuliani and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Milley moved to limit Trump military strike abilities after Jan. 6, Woodward book claims: report Former US attorney enters race for governor in Pennsylvania MORE. The whistleblower complaint cited details from Trump's call with Zelensky in July.
House Democrats have seized on Trump's call and his attorney's push for Ukraine to investigate Biden, saying the move amounts to soliciting foreign help to interfere in the 2020 election and arguing that it bolsters their case for impeachment.
The House launched a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump last week amid the whistleblower’s allegations against Trump and reports that White House officials pushed for a transcript of the call to be put on a highly classified server.
House Democrats subpoenaed Giuliani on Monday related to the administration’s interactions with Ukraine.
Giuliani wouldn’t say if he would comply with the subpoena.
The subpoena, which was signed by Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney Democrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department MORE (D-N.Y.), demanded Giuliani respond by Oct. 15.
The chairmen warned that failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena “shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House's impeachment inquiry.”