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In his first post-raid interview late Thursday, Rudy Giuliani revealed what exactly had gone down when federal investigators raided his Upper East Side apartment Wednesday.
According to Giuliani, who previously served as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and, before that, as New York City’s mayor, the investigators showed up with a literal “bang” on his door around 6:00 am.
The agents reportedly came equipped with a warrant authorizing them to seize his electronic devices. From the get-go, he said, they seemed mostly nice — even “apologetic” about the matter.
Listen via Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
“I looked at the warrant and I said, you know, this is extraordinary because I’ve offered to give these to the government and talk it over with government for two years. I don’t know why they have to do this. The agent seemed somewhat apologetic. I might say they were very, very professional and very gentlemanly,” Giuliani revealed.
The only time they grew “perturbed,” he claimed, is when he offered to hand over his copy of the hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden, the once crack-smoking son of President Joe Biden.
“I said, well, don’t you want these? And they said what are they. I said those are Hunter Biden’s hard drives. And they said no, no, no, no, no!” the former NYC mayor recalled.
“I said are you sure you don’t want that? I mean, the warrant required them to take it, and they said no, and one last time I said don’t you think you should take it, and they said no,” he added.
Giuliani found their almost allergic reaction to the hard drive troublesome given as their warrant authorized them to seize all electronic devices.
He also found it odd that they believed him when he said that the hard drive he’d pointed to was the same one from Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.
“They could have been Donald Trump’s, they could have been Vladimir Putin’s, they could have been anybody’s, but they relied on [the word of] me — the man who had to be raided in the morning,” he said.
As for his own electronic devices, he seemed unconcerned about any potential criminal charges. If anything, he appeared offended over the Department of Justice acting as if he’s the bad guy when the evidence he’s uncovered suggests that their boss may be the real bad guy.
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“I could have destroyed the evidence years ago. I didn’t destroy the evidence because the evidence is exculpatory. It proves that the president and I and all of us are innocent. They’re the ones who are committing [crimes]. It’s like projection,” he said.
Carlson responded by concurring with this assessment, and noting that the crime they suspect Giuliani of committing, a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, is a crime that was allegedly committed by Hunter Biden.
“We know for a fact that Hunter Biden didn’t register under FARA. He represented Ukrainians. He probably made a lot more than you did. He also represented Chinese nationals lobbying his dad, and he has not been charged with a FARA violation. Am I missing something here?” he asked.
Giuliani replied by arguing that what’s missing is “equal administration of justice,” which is why the younger Biden has been able to get away with so much, including – but not limited to – lying on a firearms application about his known drug addiction.
He added that he’s not trying to be mean –he genuinely feels sorry for the president’s son. It’s just that, unlike with Hunter Biden, he’s never done anything wrong.
“I can tell you I never ever represented a foreign national. … And I can prove it. Just give me an opportunity, but they instead smash on my doors in a frightening way. Luckily, I don’t get frightened very easily. I handled them very professionally and they handled me very professionally. I want to make that point,” he said.
He added that the warrant against him was likely illegal and bemoaned how politicized the Justice Department has become.
“The reality is that that warrant is completely illegal. The only way you can get a search warrant is if you can show that there’s some evidence that the person is going to destroy or is going to run away with. Well, I’ve had it for two years, and I haven’t destroyed it. And they also got it from the iCloud,” he said.
“So there was no justification for that warrant. It is an illegal, unconstitutional war — one of many that this Department of Injustice tragically has done. And it breaks my heart, because I belong to the Justice Department, and I think I had a record that’s a hell of a lot better than their’s,” Giuliani added.
He wasn’t wrong.
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the Mob Museum, sums up his legacy as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York by pointing to his “successful prosecutions of leaders of New York’s ‘Commission’ of organized crime families, the Mafia’s international heroin and cocaine ring in the ‘Pizza Connection’ case, as well as high-profile political corruption and Wall Street criminal cases.”
In tweets posted following his appearance on Fox News, Giuliani warned that unless this politicization of the Justice Department is stopped, “you could be next.”
The DOJ in late 2019 covertly obtained access to my iCloud and never notified me.
They invaded the attorney client relationship as we were defending against the phony impeachment.
These prosecutors violated the laws, not me.
If again, nothing is done, you could be next.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) April 30, 2021
The DOJ told my lawyer they secretly went into my iCloud account in 2019.
Who else are they spying on? You?
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) April 30, 2021
And by “you,” he pretty much meant any American who’s not a rabid Democrat.
According to a report published by The New York Times late Thursday, the raid against Giuliani was part of an investigation into whether he’d played a role in the firing of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
“At issue for investigators is a key question: Did Mr. Giuliani go after Ms. Yovanovitch solely on behalf of Mr. Trump, who was his client at the time? Or was he also doing so on behalf of the Ukrainian officials, who wanted her removed for their own reasons?” the Times reported. “It is a violation of federal law to lobby the United States government on behalf of foreign officials without registering with the Justice Department, and Mr. Giuliani never did so.”
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