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Giuliani says Trump is 'doing the right thing' by resisting congressional subpoenas

The Hill logo The Hill 5/19/2019 Rachel Frazin
Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie: Giuliani says Trump is 'doing the right thing' by resisting congressional subpoenas © UPI Photo Giuliani says Trump is 'doing the right thing' by resisting congressional subpoenas

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the president "is doing the right thing" by ignoring congressional subpoenas.

"There are six different investigations...thousands of requests for documents, it's like they're falling all over themselves," Giuliani said of House Democrats who are probing the Trump administration.

"So the president is doing the right thing in resisting their subpoenas, not because he doesn't want to cooperate, he cooperated with the special counsel...we just don't want to do it over again," he added in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday on AM 970 in New York.

The White House this week rejected a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents related to communications between the president and former White House counsel Don McGahn; former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation; former FBI Director James Comey's firing; the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting; and any communications on the potential firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, among other topics.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter that the panel should narrow its investigation. He characterized it as "a pseudo law enforcement investigation on matters that were already the subject of the Special Counsel's long-running investigation."

Others in the Trump administration have also not complied with subpoenas in recent weeks. On Friday, the Treasury Department refused to turn over President Trump's tax returns. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a letter that the House Ways and Means Committee subpoena "lacks a legitimate legislative purpose."

The Judiciary Committee voted earlier this month to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of court after he did not comply with a subpoena for an unredacted version of the Mueller report and its underlying evidence.

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