Ukraine's president says he never spoke to Giuliani

Ukraine's president says he never spoke to Giuliani
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that he has never personally spoken with Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Schiff tells Senate Ukraine interference conspiracy was 'brought to you by the Kremlin' The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' MORE, President Trump's personal attorney who has pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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. 

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.

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“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 BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments 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 CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel MORE (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelUS officials, world leaders arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum  House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request 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.”