Trump’s most senior allies, including Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pompeo, William Barr and Mike Pence are running scared as they realize Trump’s criminal behavior is finally catching up with him, and them.
The Hill reports:
‘House Democrats fired their latest salvo in their impeachment battle with President Trump on Monday, subpoenaing Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, for documents related to their investigation into Trump’s push for the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Three House Democratic committee chairmen called for Giuliani to comply with the subpoena by Oct. 15. The subpoena requires the former New York City mayor to hand over communications about Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son, and efforts by Giuliani or his associates to pressure current or former Ukrainian officials to investigate matters regarding the Bidens or any other American.
“Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena, including at the direction or behest of the president or the White House, shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the president,” the three chairmen told Giuliani in a joint letter (The Hill).
Giuliani recently said in interviews that he saw the merits and downsides of cooperating with the investigation but would ultimately follow the advice of Trump as to whether he would do so.
“It would give me a chance to explain what was really happening,” he said. Giuliani has also put the spotlight on the State Department further into the Ukraine discussion, saying that he possesses texts from them asking for his involvement in the matter.
“I have 40 texts from the State Department asking me to do what I did,” Giuliani said (The Washington Post).
The subpoena came as the president raged against the continued push by House Democrats, with much of his ire directed at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Trump accused Schiff of committing treason for exaggerating parts of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump was likely referring to Schiff’s remarks at last week’s hearing with Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, where he paraphrased what he considered actions of wrongdoing by the president, including to “make up dirt on my political opponent” (The Hill).
Along with Schiff, Trump has continued to zero in on the whistleblower, whom the president has derided as a “#FakeWhistleblower.” He told reporters on Monday that he wants to know the identity of the whistleblower despite laws that protect their identity.’
There comes a time in one’s life, when you have to decide: Are you doing what is best for you right now, or are you doing what is right?