House Intel Dem: Giuliani could be held in inherent contempt if he ignores subpoena

Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyTransgender detainees need protection — a letter from lawmakers doesn't provide it Lawmakers to call on ICE to release all transgender detainees House votes to impeach Trump MORE (D-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense MORE could be held in inherent contempt if he defies a subpoena sent by Democrats on Monday.

"We're bound by the rules," Quigley said when asked by MSNBC host Katy Tur about how Democrats, who have launched an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump, would react to Giuliani refusing to comply with the subpoena.

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"How the strategy moves forward — going forward on a criminal basis, a civil basis — you know I've heard people talk about bringing back inherent contempt. I think at this point the House would be willing to go forward with inherent contempt at least in terms of fining people."

Quigley called inherent contempt as "one of the few powers that the House actually has."

"In this case we can actually fine" those who don't obey congressional requests, he added.

The chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees earlier Monday asked Giuliani to hand over by Oct. 15 documents related to the ongoing Ukraine controversy as part of the House's impeachment inquiry.

"Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena, including at the direction or behest of the president or the White House, shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House's impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the president," the chairmen warned in a letter to the president's personal attorney.

Giuliani has emerged as a key figure in the ongoing controversy over Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE and his son Hunter during a July 25 phone call.

Giuliani's name comes up several times in the intelligence community whistleblower report that brought scrutiny to the call, and his involvement has been a cause for concern among officials who feel he was conducting shadow diplomacy as a private citizen.

In a tweet Monday evening, Giuliani wouldn't say whether he would comply with the subpoena.

"I have received a subpoena signed only by Democrat Chairs who have prejudged this case," he said.