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Monday, December 09, 2019

On ABC News, Giuliani Vows To Defy House Subpoena

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump has been encouraging fellow Republicans to defy subpoenas they receive from House Democrats. And on Tuesday, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told ABC News that he refusing to comply with a House subpoena.

The former New York City mayor told ABC News, “if they enforce it, then we will see what happens.”

He also told ABC News that Jon Sale, who had been representing him, is no longer his attorney. On Tuesday, before his role as Giuliani’s attorney ended, Sale sent a letter to Congress replying to the subpoena Giuliani received.

The former mayor has been a key figure in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against Trump, and the subpoena came from three Democrat-led committees: the House Oversight Committee, the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

In a letter sent to Giuliani last month, the chairmen of those committees wrote, “Growing public record indicates that the president, his agent Rudy Giuliani, and others appear to have pressed the Ukrainian government to pursue two politically-motivated investigations. The committees have reason to believe that you have information and documents relevant to these matters.”

Giuliani has been a staunch defender of Trump throughout the Ukraine scandal, insisting that Trump did nothing wrong during his July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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