Sep 29, 2019

Giuliani says he will comply with impeachment inquiry if Trump tells him to

Rudy Giuliani on "This Week."

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said on ABC's “This Week” on Sunday that he will cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee in its impeachment investigation of Trump and Ukraine if the president tells him to, but called Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) an "illegitimate chairman."

Why it matters: The committee is quickly moving ahead with its investigation into allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, issuing a subpoena for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday and scheduling a series of hearings and depositions for this week. Schiff later said on ABC that the committee will "make that decision down the road" on whether it would be "productive" to bring in Giuliani, a Trump loyalist who is notoriously combative in cable news interviews.

What he's saying: When first asked whether he would cooperate, Giuliani rebuked Schiff: "I wouldn't cooperate with Adam Schiff. I think Adam Schiff should be removed."

  • He said he believes Schiff has "already prejudged the case. If we want fairness here, we got to put somebody in charge of that committee who has an open mind. Not someone who wants to hang the president."

Go deeper: Schiff says House Intel has reached agreement for whistleblower testimony

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House Democrats subpoena Rudy Giuliani for Ukraine documents

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Rudy Giuliani has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee to produce documents by Oct. 15 related to his and President Trump's alleged efforts to push the government of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Why it matters: Over the past year, Giuliani has met with a variety of Ukrainian officials in an effort to investigate baseless allegations that Biden forced Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son, Hunter. In a July phone call that is now at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, Trump asked Ukraine's president to work with Giuliani to investigate Biden — prompting allegations by a whistleblower that Trump was soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election.

Go deeperArrowSep 30, 2019

Trump accuses Adam Schiff of treason, suggests arrest

President Trump falsely accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of treason and suggested he be arrested in a Monday tweet.

"Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?"

The big picture: Trump's suggestion of Schiff's arrest came just hours after he first declared that he wanted Schiff investigated for treason and quoted a pastor who said that there would be a "civil war like fracture" in the United States if he is impeached.

Go deeper: Misleading Trump tweet claims Ukraine whistleblower complaint "not holding up"

Keep ReadingArrowSep 30, 2019

Giuliani hires attorney to represent him in Ukraine investigation

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Rudy Giuliani confirmed on Tuesday that he has lawyered up, hiring attorney Jon Sale to represent him in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into alleged efforts by him and President Trump to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

The big picture: Sale is a former Watergate assistant special prosecutor and one of Giuliani's former law school classmates, per the New York Times' Maggie Haberman. Giuliani has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee to produce documents by Oct. 15. He has not yet stated whether he will cooperate. He said on Sunday that he would comply if Trump asked him to, but attacked Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff as unqualified because he has "prejudged the case."