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Rudy Giuliani: I Will Not Comply With House Subpoena

(ABC News)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:03 PM

Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday he will not comply with a congressional subpoena — and "if they enforce it, then we will see what happens."

Giuliani, 75, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney, told ABC News if Congress moves to enforce subpoenas from three House committee chairmen regarding his Ukrainian activities he would retain counsel.

The former mayor also said he was no longer represented by Jon Sale, the former Watergate prosecutor who is now based in Miami, who told The Hill on Tuesday he sent a letter to Congress about the subpoena.

Sale told the Hill his work for Giuliani was completed and also confirmed he was no longer working for him.

Giuliani, who worked as President Trump's representative in Ukraine, faced a Tuesday deadline to comply with the subpoena issued by three House committee chairmen last month in their impeachment investigation of President Trump.

In his letter, Sale said his client would not "participate because this appears to be an unconstitutional, baseless, and illegitimate 'impeachment inquiry.'"

He added that Giuliani "adopts all the positions" cited in White House Counsel Pat Cipollone's letter that he sent Oct. 8 in response to subpoenas to the White House from the House chairmen also seeking documents and witnesses for questioning.

Sale said further that "the subpoena is overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry, adding that the documents sought were protected by various legal privileges."

In addition, a representative for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cited Cipollone's letter in telling CNN that their agency would also not comply with the House subpoenas.

Giuliani has also been subpoenaed by Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, S.C., for a separate inquiry on his efforts to persuade Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Giuliani has indicated interest in appearing before Graham's panel — and he said the Republican senator planned to subpoena the Bidens to appear before the committee.

The Democratic subpoena was sent by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.

"Our inquiry includes an investigation of credible allegations that you acted as an agent of the president in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the office of the president," the chairmen said in a Sept. 30 letter.

The Democrats also requested documents and testimony from three Giuliani associates who reportedly are connected to an effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating President Trump's Democratic rivals.

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