The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani for documents as part of its impeachment inquiry into the president.
The Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committee heads signed off on a letter that was delivered to Donald Trump’s attorney asking for him to turn over information in regards to Trump trying to blackmail Ukraine.
Pursuant to the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, we are hereby transmitting a subpoena that compels you to produce the documents set forth in the accompanying schedule by October 15, 2019.
This subpoena is being issued by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence under the Rules of the House of Representatives in exercise of its oversight and legislative jurisdiction and after consultation with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Oversight and Reform. The subpoenaed documents shall be collected as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry and shared among the Committees, as well as with the Committee on the Judiciary as appropriate. Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena, including at the direction or behest of the President or the White House, shall constitute evidence of obstruction of House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the President.
The Committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up this matter.
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. A growing public record, including your own statements, indicates that the President, you, and others appear to have pressed the Ukrainian government to pursue two politically-motivated investigations. The first is a prosecution of Ukrainians who provided evidence against Mr. Trump’s convicted campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The second relates to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is challenging President Trump for the presidency in 2020.
For example, on September 19, 2019, you admitted on national television that you personally asked the government of Ukraine to target Vice President Joe Biden. During an interview on CNN, Chris Cuomo asked you, “So, you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?” You responded, “Of course I did.” In addition to this stark admission, you stated more recently you are in possession of evidence – in the form of text messages, phone records, and other communications – indicating that you were not acting alone and that other Trump Administration officials may have been involved in this scheme. The subpoena requires that you produce all of those communications, and other related documents, to the Committees in order to determine the full extent of this effort by the President and his Administration to press Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 presidential election.
The letter voices concerns over potential interference in the 2020 election, but we all know what kind of “interference” they are worried about… Information that reveals what really happened between the Obama administration and the Ukraine following the country’s destabilization.
There’s also the assumption that this entire thing is about the 2020 election, and not the FACT that Hunter Biden was put on the board of Ukraine’s largest natural gas company (along with former CIA counter terror head Cofer Black). Perhaps the president is genuinely concerned with what went on between the Obama administration and Ukraine, but of course the media has to run with the left win talking points.
There’s no denying that the president made a call to the Ukraine, and at some point Joe Biden came up. That all is true. What isn’t true is that being an impeachable offense.
Is it illegal to ask a foreign country to help with an investigation? No, it’s not. Right now, though, the media is making the seeking of justice a perceivable crime.