Congressional Democrats Subpoena Rudy Giuliani
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The move is a coordinated attempt by the Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees to obtain documents relating to Giuliani's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by Joe Biden's family. (CNBC)
In a letter to Giuliani dated Monday, the heads of three House committees asked for information related to the president and his lawyer’s efforts to get Ukraine’s government to investigate the Biden family. Three Democratic-led panels — the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees — are demanding that Giuliani produce all text messages, phone records and other communications related to the “scheme” he is accused of perpetrating “in order to determine the full extent of this effort by the President and his Administration to press Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 presidential election.”
They wrote that House Democrats’ probe “includes an investigation of credible allegations that [Giuliani] 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.” They asked him to produce documents by Oct. 15.
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Spokespeople for Giuliani and the White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests to comment. Giuliani has suggested he may not comply with committee requests. On Sunday, he told ABC that he “wouldn’t cooperate” with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., as long as he leads the panel.
The subpoena adds to the heightened scrutiny of both administration officials and outside Trump confidantes after the House decided last week to move forward with impeachment proceedings. On Friday, the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents. The heads of the Appropriations and Budget committees also asked Friday for records related to the Office of Management and Budget’s involvement in the Trump administration deciding to hold back nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine.