Harris calls for NY bar association probe into Giuliani

Harris calls for NY bar association probe into Giuliani

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called for a probe by the New York State Bar Association into Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr Trump denies report that he still uses personal cell phone for calls Giuliani draws attention with latest trip to Ukraine MORE amid scrutiny over a call with Ukraine's president in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE encouraged the foreign leader to speak with his personal attorney about a potential investigation.

"The New York Bar Association needs to investigate Giuliani and probably disbar him," Harris, a former attorney general in California who is running for president, said during an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball."

"Rudy Giuliani really ought to stop talking and get a lawyer," Harris said during a separate interview on CNN, touting her call for the State Department's inspector general to also launch a probe into the former New York City mayor's Ukraine efforts.


"I'm calling for the IG to investigate if any State officials worked with Giuliani to help him with his personal quest, but I am also saying...the state bar of New York needs to investigate Rudy Giuliani."

Asked if he should lose his license, Harris said there should be an investigation. 

The Democratic presidential candidate's remarks follow a whistleblower complaint released Thursday alleging that two State Department officials spoke to Giuliani "in an attempt to 'contain the damage' to U.S. national security" over his communication with Ukraine.

Giuliani has denied the allegations, telling CNN earlier Thursday that he had “no knowledge of any of that crap.”

“At no time did either one of them say they wanted to contain damage," Giuliani said. "At no time did the State Department in communication with me ever relay any of that information you're talking about."

Harris called for federal and state probes into Giuliani following reports that the Trump lawyer mounted an extensive effort to push Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE and the Democratic presidential frontrunner's son, Hunter Biden.

Trump has also faced scrutiny over a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he urged the Ukrainian leader to speak with Giuliani about opening an investigation into Biden and his efforts to push Ukraine to fire a prosecutor in 2016.

Harris and Biden are among more than a dozen people running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.