Giuliani says he won't testify before House investigators

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' Feehery: Weak mayors destroy America's great cities Coronavirus concerns emerge around debates MORE said Tuesday that he would not testify before the House Intelligence Committee unless committee members voted to remove Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffNewsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat Here's who could fill Kamala Harris's Senate seat if she becomes VP Democrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling MORE (D-Calif.) from the panel's chairmanship.

In an interview with The Washington Post, the former mayor of New York City said he was taking the White House's position that Schiff's congressional committee was illegitimate. He added the Trump administration would soon release a formal statement concerning the Intelligence Committee.


“I wouldn’t testify in front of that committee until there is a vote of Congress and he is removed,” Giuliani said, referring to Schiff. “Let them hold me in contempt. We’ll go to court. We’ll challenge the contempt.”

“The position I’m stating is now the position of the administration,” Giuliani continued.

Giuliani joins a growing list of White House and Trump administration officials who have refused to testify before Congress or have been blocked from doing so by the administration, including U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who was blocked from testifying Tuesday.

Giuliani's comments are the latest attack by the administration on House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, which they argue is illegitimate.

Democrats allege Trump during a July phone call improperly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE, one of his potential 2020 rivals, and has continued to solicit foreign interference in the election.

Giuliani and Trump have denied those claims, arguing that the president is within his rights to investigate allegations of corruption by current and former federal officials such as Biden.

Schiff's office did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Giuliani's comments.