President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has said he is considering suing members of Congress over their investigation into Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a couple of Twitter posts on Oct. 2, the former New York mayor said he is considering his “legal options” over the congressional impeachment inquiry.
“We are carefully considering our legal options to seek redress against Congress and individual members,” he wrote.
“For engaging in an organized effort that exceeded their limited powers, under the Constitution, and for trampling on the constitutional rights of citizens by engaging in several illicit plans, carried out by illegal means, to remove the President of the U.S., on knowingly falsified charges allegations.”
In an appearance on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” he added he had spoken about the matter with constitutional and civil rights lawyers who suggested they should bring a lawsuit “on behalf of the president and several of the people in the administration.”
Giuliani said he believes Congress is violating Trump’s constitutional rights.
“Maybe even myself as a lawyer against the members of Congress, individually for violating constitutional rights, violating civil rights. They’re doing extraordinary things,” Giuliani added.
Giuliani’s latest comments come a day after he announced he had hired former Watergate prosecutor Jon Sale to represent him in the congressional impeachment inquiry, following the Democrats’ Sept. 30 subpoena over the White House’s interactions with Ukraine.
It is alleged that Trump pressured Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in a July 25 phone call.
Zelensky has since said did not feel “pushed” by Trump in the phone call to investigate the Bidens.
Giuliani was informed of the subpoena in a letter penned by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).
The letter asked the former mayor of New York City to provide evidence linked to his interaction with the Ukrainian government by Oct. 15.
In response to the subpoena, Giuliani accused Schiff, Engel, and Cummings of having “prejudged this case.”
“It raises significant issues concerning legitimacy and constitutional and legal issues including inter alia, attorney-client, and other privileges. It will be given appropriate consideration,” Giuliani said.
In a Fox News appearance following the subpoena, Giuliani said he “doesn’t know” if he would testify. “I’m weighing the alternatives. I’ll get all my evidence together, I’ll get my charts,” he said.
A transcript of Trump and Zelensky’s phone call (pdf) released last week showed that Zelensky said that he hoped “very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine.”
Trump also told Zelensky during the call that he would have Giuliani speak to him via phone, the transcript said. According to Zelensky, he never talked to him on the phone. On Oct. 1, Trump said that “almost everything” the person who filed the complaint against him about the phone call is wrong.
“So if the so-called ‘Whistleblower’ has all secondhand information, and almost everything he has said about my ‘perfect’ call with the Ukrainian President is wrong (much to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff), why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him,” Trump said in a statement.
“This is simply about a phone conversation that could not have been nicer, warmer, or better. No pressure at all (as confirmed by Ukrainian Pres.). It is just another Democrat Hoax!”
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.