Giuliani Associates Won’t Voluntarily Comply With House Impeachment Requests

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Former New York City Mayor and attorney to President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani visits "Mornings With Maria" with anchor Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network Studios on September... NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Former New York City Mayor and attorney to President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani visits "Mornings With Maria" with anchor Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network Studios on September 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Two of the south Florida businessmen who helped Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani with his pressure campaign against the Ukrainian government don’t intend to voluntarily comply with House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry requests, the Miami Herald reported Monday. 

Both Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman don’t plan to respond to the House’s Monday deadline for documents and will not appear for testimony on Thursday and Friday this week, according to the report. The pair’s attorney John Dowd — who previously worked for Trump’s legal team during the Russia probe — confirmed his clients’ intentions to the Herald on Monday.

“No response planned,” Dowd reportedly told the Herald. Democrats said the decision to not cooperate will lead subpoenas, according to the Herald.

Parnas and Fruman are entangled in the House Oversight, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees’ impeachment inquiries because of the work they reportedly did to help connect Giuliani with Ukrainian officials in November 2018. The two also reportedly traveled to Ukraine together in 2019.

Giuliani’s role in Trump’s pressure campaign to get Kyiv to fabricate dirt about the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and former Vice President Joe Biden has come under increased scrutiny as more details of the far-reaching effort come to light.

Last week, Dowd wrote to House Intelligence Committee counsel Nicolas Mitchell to assert attorney-client privilege with regard to House Democrats’ requests for documents.

“Thus, certain information you seek in your September 30, 2019, letter is protected by the attorney-client, attorney work product and other privileges,” Dowd wrote.


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  1. “Won’t voluntarily comply”??

    Well, color me shocked and astonished by this news.


  2. Are these the guys who set up “45 Energy Group?”

  3. On what grounds? I’m not sure they can claim any immunity, real or imagined.

  4. Then they get a subpoena, and unlike the rest of the administration staff there is no legal recourse for them to ignore a subpoena from Congress as they have no linkage whatsoever to executive privilege. If they try to fight it they will go down, hard, and it would be a good idea for Congress to make an example of them, first by watching the DoJ refuse to prosecute them for contempt of Congress (you know Barr will ignore them) and then by Congress using its own powers to hold them.

    I’m hoping that the Democrats have a plan for handling this, one that both makes the Republicans look stupid and guilty, and one that extracts the information out of them. Push the Republicans to take their subpoenas to the SC…if the Court allows any of them to refuse to testify then they out themselves as the partisans they are, which would be something good to know.

  5. Just how far away from Trump can they go before they can stop claiming his protection? “I’m the poolboy for the guy who’s the lawyer for an associate of Giuliani’s. And I’m not going to pay these parking tickets.”

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