House Democrats considering probe into Giuliani's overseas political work: report

House Democrats considering probe into Giuliani's overseas political work: report
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Top Democrats in the House are reportedly discussing plans to investigate the president's lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens MORE, for his overseas political work.

A source familiar with the discussions told The Daily Beast that no plans are yet set in stone, but said a potential probe would likely look into whether Giuliani's foreign activities affected U.S. foreign policy.

Democrats are reportedly interested in trips Giuliani took to Romania and Armenia, according to The Daily Beast. 


Lawmakers are also reportedly eyeing Giuliani's contacts with political figures in Ukraine over allegations that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE's son was on the board of a company that was previously under investigation there.

Giuliani had called for an investigation into the former vice president after The New York 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. Biden’s son Hunter was a board member of an energy company that the prosecutor had been looking into, according to the newspaper.

Giuliani had announced plans to travel to Ukraine to press for an investigation into Biden, but reversed course and scrapped those plans early last month.

Ukrainian officials have battled that narrative promoted by Giuliani and allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE, with one former official telling Bloomberg News that “there was no pressure from anyone from the U.S. to close cases.”

Giuliani has said his efforts working for Trump have evolved into finding compromising information on Trump's political opponents now that his work dealing with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's Russia investigation has concluded.

He told The Daily Beast in an interview that he welcomes Democrats' scrutiny, which he said would lead to more media coverage of Biden's alleged past deeds.

“If they want to come after me, I gladly accept it, because we could just make the Biden stuff bigger news,” Giuliani reportedly said.

“Do it! Give me a chance to give a couple speeches about it and hold a press conference. I’d love that," he added. "I think it’d be a fun fight. I’ll just compare it to all the things they’re not investigating. ... If they want, we can have a big fight over this.” 

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCongress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds Administration to give 'top secret' briefing on Syria amid pushback Senators call for Trump administration to testify on Syria MORE (D-Conn.) said earlier this year that Giuliani's activities should be investigated to see if they are affecting U.S. policy in Ukraine and elsewhere.

“Reports indicate that promises have been made regarding U.S. policy as a quid pro quo in exchange for information. Has the private foreign policy engagement of Rudolph Giuliani or other private representatives of the President led to any official foreign policy decisions, such as the recalling of the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine?” Murphy asked Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria McConnell warns NBA to respect free speech on China Issa's Senate confirmation hearing delayed over concerns about background check MORE (R-Idaho) in a letter requesting the launch of an investigation.