Warren knocks Giuliani over Ukraine trip: He 'should just back off'

Warren knocks Giuliani over Ukraine trip: He 'should just back off'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast MORE (D-Mass.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFormer NYC police commissioner to testify before Jan. 6 committee, demands apology Midterms are coming: Will we get answers on Jan. 6 before it's too late? Subpoenas show Jan. 6 panel's focus on Trump's plans MORE on Friday over the lawyer's planned trip to Ukraine to promote investigations that he said will help Trump.

"It is highly unethical for the president’s personal lawyer to go meet with officials from a foreign government to see if they can influence, somehow, the upcoming presidential election," Warren said of the reported trip.

“Rudy Giuliani should just back off," she added.

Giuliani told The New York Times on Thursday that he intends to ask Ukraine's president-elect to investigate the origin of the federal Russia probe, as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations MORE's past interactions with the country.

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The Hill reported details of Biden's relationship with Ukraine last month. 

"We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” the former New York City mayor told the Times.

“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he added. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”

According to the newspaper, Giuliani hopes to find information that will lessen the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, as well as the credibility of the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home MORE. He also hopes to find information that will hurt Biden's campaign.

Such investigations were previously launched by current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, but he lost a recent election to political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky, who is set to enter office June 3.

Biden reportedly threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine in U.S. loan guarantees in 2016 unless the country got rid of a prosecutor, who was later voted out. His son, Hunter Biden, also served on the board of a company that the prosecutor had been investigating, the Times reported.

The trip follows the conclusion of the Mueller probe, which reviewed whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller's report did not establish that Trump's campaign coordinated or conspired with Russia, but did detail extensive contacts between Trump associates and Russian figures.

Warren is among more than 20 Democrats competing for the party's 2020 presidential nomination and her campaign has seen a bit of momentum in recent weeks.