Giuliani says he won't testify before House investigators

President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMyPillow files countersuit against Dominion Voting Systems Guilfoyle named as national chair of Greitens' Senate campaign in Missouri Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE said Tuesday that he would not testify before the House Intelligence Committee unless committee members voted to remove Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGroups see new openings for digging up dirt on Trump Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference 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 BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing 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.