Giuliani Lawyers Up

The Latest: Giuliani retains a lawyer in face of subpoena

AP News
October 01, 2019 - 3:32 pm

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump:

 

Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, has retained a lawyer.

Jon Sale, an assistant special prosecutor in Watergate, confirmed on Tuesday that he has been brought on by Giuliani, who received a congressional subpoena on Monday.

Giuliani is President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and was instrumental in his efforts to stymie special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

He also is at the center of Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate the family of political rival Joe Biden.

Those efforts have prompted House Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry against Trump. They issued a subpoena Monday for documents related to Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine.

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The chairmen of three House committees say they expect "full compliance" from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as they investigate President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings fired back Tuesday after Pompeo said in a letter that lawmakers are trying to "intimidate" and "bully" his employees. Pompeo said depositions scheduled by the panels are "not feasible."

The chairmen wrote Pompeo that "any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress" is illegal and could constitute obstruction of justice in their ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The committees scheduled depositions this week with former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch and Kurt Volker, the Ukrainian envoy who resigned last week.

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Ukraine's president says no one explained to him why U.S. military aid to his country was delayed.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told reporters Tuesday that he stressed the importance of the military aid repeatedly in discussions with President Donald Trump, but "it wasn't explained to me" why the money didn't come through until September.

The Office of Management and Budget staff said the $250 million in funding had been delayed because Trump was consulting with his national security team about it.

While delaying the aid, Trump asked the Ukrainian leader in a July phone call to "look into" his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Zelenskiy insisted Tuesday that "it is impossible to put pressure on me." He also said he has never met or spoken with Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has pushed for an investigation into Biden's son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.