Giuliani associates won't comply with House impeachment inquiry, attorney says

A pair of Soviet-born South Florida businessmen with ties to President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE’s attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE, will not comply with congressional requests for documents and depositions as part of the House's formal impeachment inquiry into the president. 

John Dowd, a former Trump attorney representing Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, told the Miami Herald that the two would not respond to a documents request by the Monday deadline. He added that neither of the individuals would appear for depositions scheduled for later this week. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Parnas and Fruman are facing scrutiny from multiple House committees as part of their investigation into revelations from a whistleblower that Trump sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE.

As part of the inquiry, the chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs committees subpoenaed Giuliani for documents related to the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine. They also scheduled depositions with three of Giuliani's business associates, including Parnas and Fruman. 

Giuliani has not said whether he will comply with the House's request. The committee gave him an Oct. 15 deadline to hand over documents. 

The office of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Lobbying world MORE (D-Calif.) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Parnas's and Fruman's failure to comply. 
 
Parnas and Fruman reportedly helped introduce Giuliani to officials within Ukraine's political circles. Parnas told the Miami Herald that he had information about alleged impropriety from Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and that he used Giuliani as a vehicle to disclose the details.

“I got certain information and I thought it was my duty to hand it over,” he told the Herald on Sept. 26.

Parnas and Fruman are among the several individuals who have received documents and deposition requests as part of the House's impeachment inquiry. 

A day before Dowd's comment, The Associated Press reported that the two were at the center of a push to persuade Ukraine to instal new management at the top of the country's state gas company.