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Rudy Giuliani Wont Testify Before House Intel: Let Them Hold Me in Contempt

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Rudy Giuliani, President Trumps personal attorney, wont testify or provide documents to the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, telling a news outlet: “Let them hold me in contempt.”

Giuliani told the Washington Post on Tuesday that he would only comply with the committee if Schiff (D-Calif.) is removed and the full House votes to authorize a formal inquiry into impeaching Trump.

The House Democrats and an unidentified whistleblower have accused Trump using his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, regarding their dealings in the Eastern European country. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and after the inquiry was announced, the White House released a transcript of his phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Meanwhile, the former mayor of New York City is a central figure in that alleged campaign.

Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to the media before a closed-door meeting regarding the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 8, 2019. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking with the Post, Giuliani said he “cant imagine” that anyone inside the Trump administration would appear before a Democratic-led panel regarding an impeachment investigation.

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees have told Giuliani that he has until Oct. 15 to respond to their subpoena.

However, he told the Post that he wont do it, saying, “Let them hold me in contempt. Well go to court. Well challenge the contempt.”

“The position Im stating is now the position of the administration,” Giuliani added. “I wouldnt testify in front of that committee until there is a vote of Congress and he [Schiff] is removed,” he also told the newspaper.

In this July 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump is joined by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, second from right, as he arrives at Melsbroek Air Base, in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The White House has not commented on his remarks.

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