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.
Giuiliani told ABC News that he will “see what happens” if Democrats enforce the subpoena.
House Democrats subpoenaed Giuliani late last month as part of their investigation into the president’s efforts to get the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
The chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees asked Giuliani to hand over documents by Oct. 15 (Tuesday.)
“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 Giuliani.
The subpoena requires Giuliani to produce communications — including text messages and phone records — regarding Biden’s son, Hunter. The chairmen also asked that Giuliani hand over communications regarding U.S. foreign assistance to Ukraine and any efforts to withhold or delay it.
I have received a subpoena signed only by Democrat Chairs who have prejudged this case. It raises significant issues concerning legitimacy and constitutional and legal issues including,inter alia, attorney client and other privileges. It will be given appropriate consideration.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 30, 2019
Giuliani said at the time that he had received the subpoena and would consider it, but he criticized the Democratic lawmakers who signed it as having “prejudged” the case.
Giuliani told ABC News that he is no longer retaining the services of former Watergate prosecutor Jon Sale, who was acting as his attorney for this matter. Giuliani said that if Congress seeks to enforce a subpoena, then he will retain counsel.