Ahead of Trump’s trip, news broke that two associates of his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani were arrested on charges that they schemed to funnel foreign money to U.S. politicians in a bid to affect U.S.-Ukraine relations. The two men helped Giuliani investigate former vice president Joe Biden, though the indictment does not mention Giuliani or suggest that he was part of the alleged crimes.
House investigators issued subpoenas Thursday to the two Giuliani associates who were arrested on campaign finance charges, seeking “key documents” that they have not voluntarily produced as part of the impeachment inquiry against Trump.
In a letter to the attorney for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, three House Democratic committee chairmen also indicated that they expect the two men to testify before Congress at a later date.
Parnas and Fruman have assisted Giuliani with his investigation of Biden and his son in connection with the son’s business dealings in Ukraine.
In the letter to John Dowd, the attorney for Parnas and Fruman, the Democrats express frustration with the lack of cooperation from previous requests for documents.
“They are required by law to comply with the enclosed subpoenas,” the letter says. “They are not exempted from this requirement merely because they happen to work with Mr. Giuliani, and they may not defy congressional subpoenas merely because President Trump has chosen the path of denial, defiance, and obstruction.”
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