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Biden campaign: Great to see 'strong progressive voices' stand up against Giuliani

Biden campaign: Great to see 'strong progressive voices' stand up against Giuliani
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Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE's presidential campaign praised "strong progressive voices" for standing up against Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Newsmax hires Jenna Ellis, Hogan Gidley as contributors MORE after President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE's personal attorney said he would travel to Ukraine to press for an investigation into the former vice president.

"It's great to see all these strong progressive voices stand up to this attempt at a blatantly political smear which in and of itself reflects the urgent need for change and to restore the soul of the country," a Biden campaign official told CNN.

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Giuliani first revealed his plans to travel to Ukraine in an interview with The New York Times last Thursday.

The president's lawyer said he hoped to ask the country's president-elect to pursue inquiries that could yield new information about the origin of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's Russia investigation and Biden's past influence in Ukraine.

Giuliani last week called for an investigation into Biden after the Times reported that Biden allegedly threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees in 2016 unless Ukraine removed a top prosecutor, who was later voted out.

Giuliani changed course and cancelled the visit on Friday, blaming Democrats for trying to "spin" the trip. 

Several Democrats, including 2020 candidates, had expressed concerns about Giuliani's planned trip.

"I just think it is highly unethical for the President's personal lawyer to go meet with officials from foreign government to see if they can influence somehow the upcoming presidential election," Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Overnight Health Care: CDC panel meets on vaccines and heart inflammation | Health officials emphasize vaccine is safe | Judge rules Missouri doesn't have to implement Medicaid expansion Democrats urge Biden to extend moratorium on student loan payments MORE (D-Mass.) said at a campaign stop in West Virginia, according to CNN. "We've had enough of that and Rudy Giuliani should just back off."

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexans split on whether Abbott deserves reelection: poll O'Rourke considering Texas governor bid: report O'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid MORE (D-Texas) said Giuliani's proposed trip to Ukraine was "so very troubling, very disappointing, and yet not a total surprise, given this president's behavior and the pattern that he'd already set," while in New Hampshire.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month MORE (D-N.Y.) also slammed the move, saying, "We've come to a very sorry state when it's considered OK for an American politician, never mind an attorney for the president, to go and seek foreign intervention in American politics."

In a tweet, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocratic lawmakers not initially targeted in Trump DOJ leak probe: report Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Schiff calls Iranian presidential election 'predetermined' MORE (D-Calif.) called the plan "immoral, unethical, unpatriotic and, now, standard procedure."