Giuliani won't comply with congressional subpoena

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Former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani speaks during the Conference In Support Of Freedom and Democracy In Iran on June 30, 2018. Copyright Anthony Devlin Getty Images file
By Allan Smith and Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander with NBC News Politics
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In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee, an attorney for Giuliani called the impeachment inquiry "unconstitutional."


Rudy Giuliani won't comply with a congressional subpoena as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, an attorney for Giuliani told House investigators in a letter on Tuesday.

Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, had been subpoenaed for documents related to his work in Ukraine, which has come under intense scrutiny after Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Last week, two of Giuliani's business associates who had been assisting him in his Ukrainian venture were arrested on campaign-finance charges.

Jon Sale, Giuliani's attorney for purposes of handling the subpoena, wrote that the former New York City mayor "will not participate because this appears to be an unconstitutional, baseless, and illegitimate 'impeachment inquiry.'" Sale called the subpoena "overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry."

Asked by ABC News what would happen if House Democrats decide to enforce the subpoena, Giuliani said "we will see what happens."

Speaking Monday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said "there have been real breaks, significant breaks in the White House firewall" despite the Trump administration's efforts to stonewall the impeachment inquiry. That said, Schiff said he and his Democratic colleagues "fully expect on things that are more within" the administration's "control, they will stonewall us."

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