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Three Democratic House committees issue subpoena to Rudy Giuliani

Another escalation in the impeachment inquiry

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Three Democratically controlled House committees sent a subpoena to Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, for documents related to the controversial phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president.

The letter to Giuliani was published Monday from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

"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," read the letter.

Democrats gave Giuliani an Oct. 15 deadline for the documents.

"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," the letter explained, "as well as any efforts to cover up these matters."

Democrats went on to cite statements Giuliani made on CNN where he admitted to asking the Ukrainian government to look into corruption related to Joe Biden's son.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has cited the call as the rationale behind the commencement of an impeachment inquiry by the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives.

Giuliani has said that if he were subpoenaed that he might fight it, and he called Democrats a "sad joke" over the accusations in the Ukrainian controversy.

Here's more on the subpoena:

House Democrats subpoena Giuliani in Trump impeachment probe www.youtube.com

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