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Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post in an interview Tuesday that he will not testify or provide documents to the House Intelligence Committee until its chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), is removed and the full House votes to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: Giuliani is a central figure in the alleged campaign by President Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son over unsubstantiated corruption allegations. The 3 House committees leading the impeachment inquiry — Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight — have given Giuliani until Oct. 15 to respond to a subpoena, but he made clear to the Post that he will not cooperate: "Let them hold me in contempt. We'll go to court. We’ll challenge the contempt."

The big picture: In an effort to counter the House impeachment inquiry, Giuliani has also been invited by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a loyal Trump ally, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his "concerns" about Biden and Ukraine.

  • Giuliani told the Post that he's "very interested" in Graham's offer, but that there are "a lot of legal issues to consider."
  • "Graham wants me to lay out in one place, in one time the Ukrainian collusion and the Biden corruption," Giuliani said. "I appreciate Lindsey offering the opportunity to lay the whole case out."

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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.

Federal judge blocks DOJ from defending Trump in Carroll rape defamation case

E. Jean Carroll in Warwick, New York. Photo: Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Catch up quick: The agency argued that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" as president when he said in 2019 that Carroll was "lying" about her claim.

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