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 GiulianiTrump doubles down on Jewish controversy Trump retweets baby elephant video Epstein death sparks questions for federal government 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 BidenSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Giuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official 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 TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' 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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 MurphyHobbled NRA shows strength with Trump Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces White House eyes September action plan for gun proposals 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 RischTrump moves forward with billion F-16 sale to Taiwan Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China Overnight Defense: US exits landmark arms control treaty with Russia | Pentagon vows to 'fully pursue' once-banned missiles | Ratcliffe out as intel pick | Trump signs budget deal that boosts defense | Trump defends North Korea's Kim as 'friend' MORE (R-Idaho) in a letter requesting the launch of an investigation.