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House Intelligence panel subpoenas Giuliani for Ukraine documents

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday issued a subpoena to Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, as part of House Democrats’ rapidly intensifying impeachment inquiry.

The subpoena, issued in consultation with the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight panels, seeks documents related to Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 contender and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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“Our inquiry includes an investigation of credible allegations that you acted as an agent of the president in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the Office of the President,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote to Giuliani. Monday’s letter was co-signed by Reps. Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings, who chair the Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, respectively.

Schiff, Engel and Cummings cited Giuliani’s recent acknowledgment that he asked the Ukrainian government to probe Biden and his son Hunter, demanding that Giuliani produce “text messages, phone records, and other communications” that possibly indicate the involvement of other administration officials.

Giuliani’s refusal to comply with the subpoena will “constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the president,” the three committee chairmen wrote in a letter to the former New York City mayor.

Giuliani, who has appeared on national television in recent days to defend himself and Trump, has represented the president throughout former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and its aftermath.

The three committees and their chairmen are at the center of the House’s impeachment inquiry related to a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump abused his power. The intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, deemed the complaint “urgent” and “credible.” The complaint also alleged that White House officials sought to “lock down” information relating to Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders on a highly classified server.

The committees are demanding that Giuliani turn over the information by Oct. 15. The panels also scheduled depositions with three of Giuliani’s business associates: Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and Semyon “Sam” Kislin.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who came under fire from Giuliani and later returned to Washington, will sit for a deposition on Wednesday.

Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations, is scheduled to be deposed by the committees on Thursday. Volker, who resigned last week, is said to have facilitated some of Giuliani’s interactions with Ukrainian officials.

The Foreign Affairs Committee subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week for documents related to Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky and other records related to Giuliani.

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