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 GiulianiOvernight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment READ: Diplomat describes pressure put on Ukraine to open 'investigations' MORE, President Trump's personal attorney who has pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment 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 BarrBrennan's CIA a subject of Barr's review of Russia investigation: report Pelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office' Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report 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 CummingsBlack lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans Diplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe MORE (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocrats say they have game changer on impeachment Paul blocks vote on House-passed Syria resolution for second time Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan 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.”