The Luciferian fall of Rudy Giuliani from his life’s zenith as the mayor who shepherded New York City through the horrors of 9/11 to his nadir as a slavering attack dog for the most corrupt, incompetent president in American history has been alternatingly difficult to watch and impossible to look away from. A man who once made his bones taking down the mafia has now devoted his life to serving a glorified mobster in cognitive decline, embracing a particularly brazen strain of lawlessness in the process.
Today, Giuliani told ABC News that he will not be complying with the Congressional subpoena issued by the Democratic chairmen of three House committees last month. Reps. Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings, and Jerry Nadler sent Giuliani the subpoena as part of the expanding impeachment inquiry into President Trump which began when it was revealed that he tried to leverage the substantial powers of the Oval Office to strongarm the Ukrainian president into opening a damaging investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“If they enforce it then we will see what happens,” Giuliani said of the subpoena, blatantly challenging Congress to hold him accountable under the law. The former mayor, who is somehow still serving as Trump’s attorney, also revealed to ABC that he has parted ways with his own attorney, Jon Sale. He said that he will seek legal representation if Congress moves forward with enforcing the subpoena. Before departing Giuliani’s service, Sale sent a letter to Congress to inform them of his now-former client’s intention to ignore the subpoena. The move is part of an increasingly erratic pattern of behavior from Giuliani, who has grown infamous for his rambling, largely incoherent appearances on news outlets.
Democrats in Congress want to question Giuliani about his actions taken on behalf of the Trump administration, especially after he went on television and admitted that he pushed Ukrainian government officials to open an investigation into Biden, one of the president’s most prominent possible 2020 opponents. The behavior of Trump, Giuliani and some of their cronies inarguably represents a staggering abuse of the executive branch and their efforts to wield the powers of the American state to weasel out a 2020 reelection victory is an ironclad case for impeachment and perhaps even criminal proceedings.
The idea that Giuliani can simply ignore a subpoena (a Latinate legal term literally meaning “under penalty”) is delusional. Giuliani can no more ignore a subpoena without consequences than he can rob a bank. The law is not something that can be shirked at one’s convenience and the entire Trump administration is about to come head to head with the vast constitutional powers that Congress can bring to bear.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.