President Trump’s personal attorney said he is considering individual lawsuits against House Democrats over the recent congressional inquiries and subpoenas related to the Ukraine whistleblower’s complaint.
Speaking on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Giuliani said he had been discussing the impeachment inquiry and a subpoena for his own personal records about Ukraine with civil rights and constitutional lawyers.
Their legal advice, he said, was “that we should bring a lawsuit on behalf of the president and several people in the administration, maybe even myself as a lawyer, against the members of Congress individually for violating constitutional rights, violating civil rights.”
The former mayor of New York City suggested that some House Democrats were guilty of violating Article II of the Constitution, which outlines the president’s powers during his four-year term as commander in chief, specifically his power to conduct the foreign policy of the United States. He also said he may sue Democrats in Congress for allegedly violating attorney-client privilege and over obstruction-of-justice claims.
The chairmen of three House committees subpoenaed Giuliani on Monday, seeking key documents related to the Ukraine controversy as part of their Trump impeachment inquiry. Giuliani lawyered up Tuesday, hiring former Watergate prosecutor John Sale.
Though still mounting a defense, Giuliani claimed he has evidence, in the form of video recordings and interview notes, which are protected from an additional subpoena under the statute of attorney-client privilege. He said the evidence incriminates House Democrats for allegedly trying to threaten foreign powers into keeping quiet amid the impeachment inquiry.
He pointed to the example of Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who last month boasted to reporters, including conservative columnist John Solomon, that he told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that cooperating with Trump and Giuliani would be viewed as election meddling and would be “disastrous for long-term U.S.-Ukraine relations,” The Hill reported.
Ingraham mentioned members of Congress are given immunity from prosecution in regard to comments made during legislative sessions. Giuliani said he would come after House Democrats for their remarks made outside of Congress, include Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who recently tweeted that Trump should be kept in solitary confinement, and another unnamed congressmen who allegedly said Barr should be arrested. (Fox News)
“I think we have to raise their consideration of constitutional and criminal rights," he told Ingraham. "This is worse than McCarthy. How about a total illicit impeachment proceeding? This is an illicit, rogue impeachment proceeding."
After the show, The Atlantic’s White House correspondent, Elaina Plott, tweeted out a conversation she had with Giuliani via text, confirming that he was considering a lawsuit that would be "Trump v The Swamp."
Rudy Giuliani says he is looking to sue The Swamp. pic.twitter.com/3D65Mg6VaO— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) October 2, 2019