President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, on Tuesday defied a congressional subpoena.
Jon Sale, acting as Mr. Giuliani’s counsel, notified lawmakers in a letter that his client would be taking the same position as the Trump administration and refuse to cooperate with House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry until a full authorization vote was held.
“In addition, the subpoena is overbroad, unduly burdensome and seems documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry,” Mr. Sale argued. “Moreover, documents sought in the subpoena are protected by attorney-client, attorney work-product and executive privileges.”
Mr. Giuliani stressed that Mr. Sale assisted only with the letter.
“At this time, I do not need a lawyer,” he tweeted.
I will not participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless “impeachment inquiry.”— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 15, 2019
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
The former New York City mayor has become one of the central figures in the impeachment inquiry, as he worked to push Ukraine to open an investigation into former Vice President and Trump political rival Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter.
Last week the White House sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warning her that they wouldn’t cooperate with the impeachment probe until she held a full House vote to authorize and establish equal powers for both parties.
House Democrats have repeatedly warned that refusing to cooperate would not only serve as more evidence of obstruction of justice — an impeachable offense — but also allow them to conclude that the withheld information would corroborate the allegations stemming from a whistleblower report that Mr. Trump solicited Ukraine to investigate the Biden family.
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought were also subpoenaed to produce by Tuesday documents related to delayed military aid.
Meanwhile, Vice President Pence faced a deadline Tuesday to voluntarily hand over documents related to his involvement in the Ukraine allegations, particularly regarding the aid.
In a statement, the vice president’s counsel called into question Mrs. Pelosi’s “commitment to fundamental fairness and due process rights.”
“Please know that if the committees wish to return to the regular order of legitimate legislative oversight requests, and the committees have appropriate requests for information solely in the custody of the Office of the Vice President, we are prepared to work with you in a manner consistent with well-established bipartisan constitutional protections and a respect for the separation of powers,” the letter read.
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