Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has issued a call for action in the wake of Rudy Giuliani’s announcement that he will not be obeying a Congressional impeachment inquiry subpoena. Harris, a former Attorney General of California and current candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, took to Twitter to slam the president’s crooked lawyer and call for Congress to hold him in contempt.
“Take it from a real lawyer, subpoenas aren’t optional,” Harris mocked, rightfully taking aiming at the disgraced lawyer’s credibility.
The senator is, of course, correct and obeying the law isn’t a matter of preference. Giuliani simply doesn’t have the option of ignoring a Congressional subpoena. If he truly believes he does, he’s in for a rude legal awakening.
Take it from a real lawyer, subpoenas aren’t optional. The House should hold Rudy in contempt. https://t.co/KYDD7R4CAP
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 15, 2019
Earlier 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.
Giuliani shared the asinine letter on Twitter and lobbed an unconvincing complaint that the subpoena is part of an “illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless” impeachment inquiry.
I will not participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless “impeachment inquiry.”
Jon Sale, who is a lifelong friend, has represented me for the sole purpose of analyzing the request and responding. At this time, I do not need a lawyer. pic.twitter.com/l0IR0ikEHD
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 15, 2019
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.