Report: House Democrats Threaten To Jail Giuliani If He Ignores Their Subpoenas
Rudy Giuliani indicated on Monday that he might not comply with congressional subpoenas relating to his work in Ukraine, but House Democrats are holding out the possibility of charging President Donald Trump’s personal attorney with contempt if he fails to turn over documents.
The Hill reported that Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said Giuliani could be held in inherent contempt if he refuses to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.
"We're bound by the rules,” the lawmaker said during an interview on MSNBC. "How the strategy moves forward — going forward on a criminal basis, a civil basis — you know I've heard people talk about bringing back inherent contempt. I think at this point the House would be willing to go forward with inherent contempt at least in terms of fining people."
Quigley noted that the move is "one of the few powers that the House actually has."
Giuliani was given until October 15 to turn over documents related to the House’s impeachment inquiry, which centers on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and involves an apparent quid pro quo involving potential Trump rival Joe Biden.
"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 chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees warned in a letter to Giuliani on Monday.
The attorney responded to the subpoena via Twitter, writing that their request “will be given appropriate consideration.”
Rudy Giuliani on Twitter
“I have received a subpoena signed only by Democrat Chairs who have prejudged this case. It raises significant issues concerning legitimacy and constitutional and legal issues including,inter alia, attorney client and other privileges. It will be given appropriate consideration.”