Oct 15, 2019

Giuliani will not comply with subpoena deadline in Ukraine investigation

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President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told ABC News Tuesday that he will not comply with a subpoena from the House committees investigating Ukraine.

Context: The subpoena asked for documents related to allegations that Giuliani and members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, led a campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden. Giuliani told ABC that "if they enforce [the subpoena], then we will see what happens," and that he is no longer retaining the services of an attorney who he hired at the beginning of this month.

  • That attorney, Jon Sale, wrote in a letter to the House committees that Giuliani will not cooperate because their impeachment inquiry appears to be "unconstitutional, baseless, and illegitimate" — echoing the same argument pushed by the White House.
  • Sale adds: "In addition, the subpoena is overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry. Moreover, documents sought in the subpoena are protected by attorney-client, attorney work-product, and executive privilege."

The big picture: Giuliani is reportedly under criminal investigation in New York, where prosecutors are scrutinizing whether he violated foreign lobbying laws while pushing Trump to fire former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, per the New York Times.

  • Investigators are also looking more broadly into Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine and have reportedly inspected his bank records, the Wall Street Journal reports. Giuliani denies any wrongdoing and told the Journal Monday, "They can look at my Ukraine business all they want."
  • Two of Giuliani's foreign-born business associates, who are also being probed for their role in pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden and lobbying Trump to oust Yovanovitch, were indicted last week for allegedly funneling foreign money into Republican campaigns. The two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have also been subpoenaed by House investigators.
  • Giuliani told Reuters on Monday that he was paid $500,000 in consultancy work for a firm co-founded by Parnas, but added, "I know beyond any doubt the source of the money is not any questionable source. The money did not come from foreigners. I can rule that out 100%."

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Indicted Giuliani associate raises possibility of executive privilege in court

Lev Parnas. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A defense attorney for Lev Parnas, one of the two Soviet-born associates of Rudy Giuliani indicted on campaign finance charges this month, argued in a Manhattan court Wednesday that the White House could potentially invoke executive privilege over some of the evidence gathered by prosecutors, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Parnas, who pleaded not guilty to charges that he helped funnel foreign money into Republican campaigns, employed Giuliani as his lawyer at the same time that Giuliani was working for President Trump. Parnas and Igor Fruman are also under scrutiny from House investigators over allegations that they helped introduce Giuliani to Ukrainian officials as part of a campaign to gather damaging information on Joe Biden and help oust the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

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Former Rep. Pete Sessions subpoenaed in Giuliani criminal investigation

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Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) has been subpoenaed for documents related to federal prosecutors' investigation into Rudy Giuliani's business dealings with Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Context: Two of Giuliani's business associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were indicted last week for allegedly funneling foreign money into Republican campaigns. According to the indictment, the two men in the spring of 2018 "committed to raise $20,000 or more for a then-sitting U.S. congressman," believed to be Sessions.

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Indicted Giuliani associate now willing to comply with impeachment inquiry

Lev Parnas. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Lev Parnas, one of Rudy Giuliani's foreign-born associates who were indicted on campaign finance charges last month, is now willing to cooperate in the House's impeachment inquiry, his lawyer told Reuters on Monday.

Why it matters: Parnas and another associate, Igor Fruman, helped connect Giuliani with Ukrainian officials as part of a campaign to push Ukraine to investigate President Trump's political opponents, including Joe Biden. Parnas' and Fruman's previous lawyer, John Dowd, told House investigators that they would not comply with the committee's document requests because they were “overly broad and unduly burdensome.”

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