Does Rudy need a lawyer?

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Two foreign-born businessmen associated with U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (L) have been arrested on federal charges that they conspired to funnel foreign money to U.S. political candidates, authorities said on Thursday. Photo credit: Aram Roston/Reuters.

Rudy Giuliani has lots to worry about this week. He has refused to comply with a subpoena in the impeachment inquiry and says that he doesn’t need a lawyer. But Ken begs to differ. Giuliani did have a lawyer write up a letter defying the subpoena, which Josh and Ken agree was the written equivalent of giving the middle finger. 

Adding to Giuliani’s full plate, federal prosecutors are looking into whether he may have broken foreign lobbying laws. And Ken says investigators are almost definitely trying to flip Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. They were indicted last week on campaign finance charges. 

Despite warnings from the White House about executive privilege, several key figures are testifying in the congressional impeachment inquiry. Former EU ambassador Gordon Sondland will testify Thursday and clearly doesn’t want to go down with the Trump ship. Less clear is whether Trump’s dismissal of former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, while politically risky, is evidence of anything impeachable. And, former White House foreign policy advisor Fiona Hill spoke with impeachment investigators this week. Her lawyers argued in their own letter that executive privilege may not apply to her testimony because of possible government misconduct.

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Hosts:
Josh Barro, Ken White

Producer:
Rebecca Mooney