Chairmen from three separate committees within the House of Representatives signed a subpoena order to Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, demanding he hand over documents related to communications he’s had with the Ukraine government.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, was joined by Reps. Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings, who oversee the Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees, respectively, CNN reported.
The letter stated that the Intelligence Committee — which is officially spearheading the impeachment proceedings against Trump — was the official committee sending out the subpoena order. The documents sent to Intelligence would be shared with the other two committees, as well as with the House Judiciary Committee, the letter stated.
The letter from the chairmen demands that Giuliani hand over requested documents by October 15 — the end of the current congressional recess.
The subpoena itself relates to the impeachment inquiry presently being investigated, relating to a recent phone conversation between Trump and the president of Ukraine.
House Democrats have subpoenaed President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for documents related to his interactions with Ukrainian officials. https://t.co/QuQkzm5fL0
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 30, 2019
“A growing public record, including your own statements, indicates that the President, you, and others appear to have pressed the Ukrainian government to pursue two politically-motivated investigations,” the letter stated. It elaborated:
“The first is a prosecution of Ukrainians who provided evidence against Mr. Trump’s convicted campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The second relates to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is challenging President Trump for the presidency in 2020.”
The subpoena, the chairmen noted, was based on evidence from a whistleblower report, as well as an executive branch memo released publicly last week. But in addition to those pieces of evidence, the committees also cited Giuliani’s own words against him for the basis of the subpoena.
The chairmen pointed out in the letter that during interviews on television last week, Giuliani stated plainly that he “personally asked the Ukraine Government to target Vice President Biden,” alluding to a discussion with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Trump’s lawyer participated in.
“Of course I did,” the letter noted Giuliani as having said about the matter.
“In addition to this stark admission, you stated more recently that you are in possession of evidence…indicating that you were not acting alone and that other Trump Administration officials may have been involved in this scheme,” the committee chairmen wrote. The subpoena, therefore, would require Giuliani to “produce all of those communications, and other related documents, to the Committees.”
It’s unclear as yet whether the administration or Giuliani himself will attempt to fight the subpoena order. The letter itself noted that failure to comply with the subpoena order would “constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the President.”