Trump Lawyer Giuliani Subpoenaed by U.S. House Democrats

Pompeo also took part in phone call between Trump and Ukranian president, Wall Street Journal reports

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Trump Tower for meetings with Donald Trump, New York, November 17, 2016.
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The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena on Monday to President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, seeking documents in their impeachment inquiry.

The Democrat-run intelligence panel issued the subpoena in consultation with the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees. They said in a statement that Giuliani had said on national television that he asked the government of Ukraine to "target" former Vice President Joe Biden.

Giuliani was asked to hand over documents related to Trump's effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymry Zelenskiy to investigate Biden, a top contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump as the Republican president seeks re-election in 2020.

The three committee chairmen said letters were also sent seeking documents and setting deposition dates for businessman Lev Parnas and real estate investor Igor Fruman, who, according to various media accounts, helped introduce Giuliani into top Ukrainian political circles.

A letter was also sent to Semyon "Sam" Kislin, a Ukrainian immigrant who has had business ties to Trump and served on Giuliani's city economic development corporation when Giuliani was mayor of New York.

Parnas' deposition was set for October 10, Fruman's for October 11 and Kislin's for October 14.

Also Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in a July phone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. 

The New York Times also revealed that Trump urged Australia's prime minister during a recent phone call to help U.S. Attorney General William Barr in an investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, citing two U.S. officials with knowledge of the call.

The White House restricted access to the call's transcript to a small group of presidential aides, one of the officials said, according to the Times. It was an unusual decision that is similar to the handling of a July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is at the heart of a House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into Trump, the paper said.

A spokesperson for Australia's prime minister later confirmed that the conversation had occurred.