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Harris calls for NY bar association probe into Giuliani

Harris calls for NY bar association probe into Giuliani

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet GOP senator: No indication of widespread voting irregularities, window for Trump challenges is 'closing' Biden pledges to work with mayors MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called for a probe by the New York State Bar Association into Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump tells GSA that Biden transition can begin Biden moves forward as GOP breaks with Trump rise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy MORE amid scrutiny over a call with Ukraine's president in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit 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.

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"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 BidenBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit Protect our world: How the Biden administration can save lives and economies worldwide 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.