Dem senator calls for Senate to investigate Giuliani's planned Ukraine trip

Dem senator calls for Senate to investigate Giuliani's planned Ukraine trip
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight 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 Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control MORE (D-Conn.) said Friday that the Senate should investigate a planned trip from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump retweets baby elephant video Epstein death sparks questions for federal government Booker, Biden's 'Kool-Aid' exchange was second debate's top-tweeted moment MORE to Ukraine, where the former New York City mayor is pushing for a probe into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE.

In a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischTrump 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' The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal MORE (R-Idaho), Murphy called for the panel to send a query to the White House for details about Giuliani's reported efforts to persuade Ukrainian prosecutors not to abandon probes that Giuliani believes could turn up information beneficial to Trump.

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“Rudolph Giuliani, the President’s personal lawyer, has apparently held meetings with Ukrainian officials in the United States and plans to travel to Ukraine for further discussions. As far as we know, none of these meetings are being coordinated with the U.S. State Department or other government agencies,” Murphy wrote in his letter.

“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?” he added.

The letter follows remarks Giuliani made to The New York Times on Thursday, where he said that he was planning to press Ukraine's incoming president not to abandon two investigations: one into the origin of the federal Russia probe and allegations regarding former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews MORE's work in Ukraine, and another into Biden's 2016 demand that a prosecutor step down.

"This isn’t foreign policy," Giuliani told the Times on Thursday. "I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”

Trump is reportedly seeking information that will discredit the now-shuttered investigation into Russia's election interference, as well as information that could hurt Biden's chances in the 2020 presidential election.

Giuliani last week called for an investigation into the former vice president's actions in 2016 after the Times reported on Biden's involvement in demanding that a prosecutor be fired, despite the official being involved in a probe into a company for which Biden's son worked. Biden's campaign told the newspaper at the time that he learned only of his son's involvement through media reports.

"Biden conflicts are too apparent to be ignored and should be investigated quickly and expeditiously. But the more important question is how deep and how high did the alleged Ukraine conspiracy go?" Giuliani tweeted.