The subpoena, issued in consultation with the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight panels, seeks documents related to Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender. The committees demanded details about Giuliani’s interactions with Trump administration officials stemming from his influence campaign in the Eastern European nation and his alleged role as an intermediary between the American and Ukrainian governments.
“Our inquiry includes an investigation of credible allegations that you acted as an agent of the president in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the Office of the President,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote to Giuliani. Monday’s letter was co-signed by Reps. Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings, who chair the Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, respectively.
The committees are investigating whether Trump compromised U.S. national security when he asked Zelensky for a “favor,” as described in a White House readout of a July 25 phone call between the two presidents, involving an investigation of Biden. Top Democrats have said Trump violated his oath of office and abused his power to extort a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 presidential election on his behalf, and the allegations recently convinced Speaker Nancy Pelosi to formalize an impeachment inquiry.