Adam Schiff and the Democrats just set up a constitutional crisis. They subpoenaed Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in a move that will backfire.
“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 the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the president,” the letter said.
Look, Rudy is Trump’s lawyer and there is a privilege claim here. By going after Rudy first, Adam is shooting himself in the foot because the courts will have to rule on this as most people understand you have the ability to confide in your lawyer.
If they use Rudy’s refusal to comply as an obstruction charge the American people may think he is being unfair.
From CNBC: In a letter to Giuliani dated Monday, the heads of three House committees asked for information related to the president and his lawyer’s efforts to get Ukraine’s government to investigate the Biden family.
Three Democratic-led panels — the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees — are demanding that Giuliani produce all text messages, phone records and other communications related to the “scheme” he is accused of perpetrating “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.”
They wrote that House Democrats’ probe “includes an investigation of credible allegations that [Giuliani] 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.” They asked him to produce documents by Oct. 15.
Spokespeople for Giuliani and the White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests to comment.
Giuliani has suggested he may not comply with committee requests. On Sunday, he told ABC that he “wouldn’t cooperate” with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
The subpoena adds to the heightened scrutiny of both administration officials and outside Trump confidantes after the House decided last week to move forward with impeachment proceedings. On Friday, the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents.
The heads of the Appropriations and Budget committees also asked Friday for records related to the Office of Management and Budget’s involvement in the Trump administration deciding to hold back nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine.
Trump blasts Democrat Adam Schiff for fabricating quotes from his Ukraine call:
“When he saw my call to the president of Ukraine it was so good that he couldn’t quote from it because there was nothing done wrong. Schiff made up a phony call and he read it to” the American people pic.twitter.com/jC9pQWbByx
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 30, 2019