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Trump lawyer Giuliani subpoenaed by Democrats

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Democrats have demanded records from the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in the next step of an effort that could remove Mr Trump from office.

Mr Giuliani has admitted to asking Ukraine to investigate corruption allegations - widely debunked - against former vice-president Joe Biden.

Lawmakers issued a subpoena for those communication records from Mr Giuliani.

President Donald Trump had similarly pressured Ukraine in a call flagged by a whistleblower last week.

A transcript of that call between Mr Trump and Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky shows he urged him to investigate the discredited allegations against Mr Biden, a 2020 Democratic frontrunner, and his son.

The call is now at the centre of an impeachment inquiry by Democrats - an effort that could see Mr Trump expelled from office, but doing so would require members of his Republican party to turn against him.

Three chairmen of key House of Representatives committees - Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight - sent the subpoena notice to Mr Giuliani on Monday.

The subpoena was expected, as Democrats had earlier said they wanted to question Mr Giuliani, a central figure in the saga.

On the phone call, Mr Trump asked the Ukrainian president to co-ordinate with his lawyer on any inquiry into Mr Biden and son Hunter.