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 MurphyDemocrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan MORE (D-Conn.) said Friday that the Senate should investigate a planned trip from President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCapitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Bob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' MORE to Ukraine, where the former New York City mayor is pushing for a probe into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE.

In a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim RischJim Elroy RischThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure 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 ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job 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.