Giuliani says he won't comply with subpoenas from Democrats

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpUtah Lieutenant Gov. Cox leads Huntsman in close governor's race Trump tweets 'we all miss' Ailes after swiping at Fox Former NFL player Burgess Owens wins Utah GOP primary MORE's personal attorney, told lawmakers on Tuesday that he won't comply with a congressional subpoena for documents and communications related to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

Giuliani's attorney, Jon Sale, wrote to the House Intelligence Committee that Giuliani would not comply with the subpoena. Sale cited a White House letter stating that it would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, which it claimed was invalid.

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Sale's letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill, argues that the subpoena is "overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry." Sale also asserted that certain documents in the subpoena fall under attorney-client privilege, an argument some legal experts expressed skepticism about.

An official working on the impeachment inquiry said Democrats will consider Trump and his personal attorney to be obstructing their probe if Giuliani refuses to testify.

“Witnesses do not get to choose whether to comply with a duly-authorized subpoena, or to pick their investigators—not in the justice system, not in the Congress, and not in our democracy," the official said in a written statement.

"If Rudy Giuliani and the President truly have nothing to hide about their actions, Giuliani will comply—otherwise, we will be forced to consider this as additional evidence of obstruction, and may infer that the evidence withheld would substantiate the accusations of President Trump’s misconduct and efforts to cover it up. Nobody is above the law, not a president, and not his shadow envoy to Ukraine.” 

Giuliani hired Sale, a former Watergate prosecutor, to assist him in responding to the subpoena. Sale told The Hill on Tuesday his work for Giuliani is completed, and he is no longer representing him as a result.

House Democrats sent Giuliani a subpoena on Sept. 30 seeking documents related to his work in Ukraine, which is at the heart of an ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump. Giuliani has been at the center of efforts to find and circulate potentially damaging allegations about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump tweets 'we all miss' Ailes after swiping at Fox Senior Trump campaign official reassigned in staff shakeup Poll: Biden, Trump locked in neck-and-neck battle for North Carolina MORE, one of Trump's chief political rivals.

Giuliani said at the time that he had received the subpoena and would consider it, but he criticized the Democratic lawmakers who signed it as having "prejudged" the case.

He released a statement on Twitter later on Tuesday, saying he would not "participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless 'impeachment inquiry.'" He also confirmed that Sale was no longer representing him.

Spokespeople for the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Giuliani's decision not to comply.

Giuliani was expected to attend the Tuesday afternoon American League Championship Series game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.

If he does not comply, House Democrats could move to hold him in contempt. While it is unlikely that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSupreme Court declines challenge to DOJ execution method Just because Democrats are paranoid about the election doesn't mean there aren't problems Jonathan Turley: Think twice about why the media attacks William Barr MORE would hold Giuliani in criminal contempt, the House could have the sergeant at arms arrest him for inherent contempt.

--Updated at 3:58 p.m.

 

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