President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Tuesday that he won’t comply with a congressional subpoena for documents and communications related to the House impeachment inquiry. The deadline for compliance is Tuesday.
I will not participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless “impeachment inquiry.”
Jon Sale, who is a lifelong friend, has represented me for the sole purpose of analyzing the request and responding. At this time, I do not need a lawyer. pic.twitter.com/l0IR0ikEHD
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 15, 2019
CNN reported on Tuesday that Trump’s Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who is also the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will not meet a Tuesday deadline to turn over documents.
Fox News reported that earlier this month, the White House sent a letter signed by its counsel Pat Cipollone, saying that Trump and his administration would not participate in the House’s impeachment inquiry because they see it as “partisan and unconstitutional.”
Asked Tuesday if he still stands by his 20-year-old statement that refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas was an impeachable offense, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said he did.
“20 years ago, you said not complying with a subpoena was an impeachable offense,” asked CNN’s Lauren Fox.
“Nothing’s changed,” Graham responded.
Reporter: "20 years ago, you said not complying with a subpoena was an impeachable offense."
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "Nothing's changed." pic.twitter.com/RDkmOWks7U
— The Hill (@thehill) October 15, 2019
Graham, a close ally of President Donald Trump’s, made his original statement about subpoenas during former president Bill Clinton’s impeachment inquiry in December 1998.
The South Carolina legislator passionately stated at the time that Richard Nixon could have been impeached for failing to comply with subpoenas from Congress.
“The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day he was subject to impeachment because he took the power from Congress over the impeachment process away from Congress, and he became the judge and jury,” Graham said two decades ago.
Lindsey Graham explains that a president stonewalling Congressional oversight is an impeachable offense. pic.twitter.com/tv88AilKUJ
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 26, 2019