The home of the former president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was a federal prosecutor and the mayor of NY, was raided by the FBI on Wednesday morning even though he was already answering the DOJ’s questions and offering them the evidence they asked for.
The raid seemed like the latest move by the FBI to go after the Administration of Donald Trump. Giuliani has been under investigation since 2019 by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office as part of the liberal effort to impeach Trump because of a phone call he made to the president of Ukraine. Because Rudy defended Trump against the impeachment hoax, the DA claims that Rudy illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs in 2019 ahead of the 2020 election.
Police are entering Rudy Giuliani’s building. pic.twitter.com/eADllUSXBU
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Guiliani’s attorney spoke to the Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Costello said authorities arrived at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment at 6 a.m. and seized his electronic devices. Mr. Costello said the search warrant describes the investigation as a probe into a possible violation of foreign lobbying rules. Mr. Costello said the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was corresponding with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine. Mr. Solomon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Spokespeople for the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.
Mr. Costello in an interview called the move “legal thuggery.” He said that in recent years he had offered to answer investigators’ questions as long as they agreed to say what area they were looking at ahead of time. He said they declined the offer. “It’s like I’m talking to a wall,” he said.
Executing a search warrant on a lawyer—particularly a lawyer for a former president—is an unusual step for prosecutors to take.
Costello’s issued a statement that said in part:
“Twice, Mr. Giuliani’s counsel offered to sit with the SDNY and demonstrate that Mr. Giuliani’s conduct was lawful,…It is outrageous that the Trump Derangement Syndrome has gone so far that the hatred has driven this unjustified and unethical attack on the United States Attorney and Mayor who did more to reduce crime than virtually any other in American history.”
He ended with the fact that the FBI did leave some evidence behind
Andy Giuliani Rudy’s son made a statement after the raid:
Folks, this is another example of liberals using our DOJ to go after Donald Trump. It’s long past time for them to move on. But they hate Donald Trump more than they love America—so it’s up to us to vote them out of office.
Cross-posted with The Lid
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