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 GiulianiPelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Pelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Giuliani evokes Joseph McCarthy in criticism of Pelosi 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. 

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Lawmakers are also reportedly eyeing Giuliani's contacts with political figures in Ukraine over allegations that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 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 TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 MurphyOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Democrats aim to block defense money from being used on Trump border wall 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 RischUN nominee Kelly Craft to face confirmation hearing Wednesday UN nominee Kelly Craft to face confirmation hearing Wednesday Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (R-Idaho) in a letter requesting the launch of an investigation.