FBI searches Rudy Giuliani's apartment
The FBI has searched the home of former New York City mayor and former President Donald Trump's attorney Rudi Giulani. Electronic devices have been confiscated.
Giuliani's attorney Robert Costello told Fox News that seven FBI agents arrived at his apartment in Manhattan at 28 a.m. on April 06.00 and stayed there for about two hours. They seized laptops, cell phones and other electronic devices, Costello said.
“This is not necessary at all”, Costello told Fox News, adding that the raid was carried out to "Make him look like he's some kind of criminal."
The New York Times was the first to report on the search, claiming it stemmed at least in part from Giuliani's transactions in Ukraine. Giuliani has not been arrested or charged with a crime, and it is not clear exactly why the former mayor's house was ransacked.
"What they did today was legal violence," Costello told the newspaper. “Why would you do this to someone? Let alone someone who was the Deputy Attorney General, the US Attorney, the Mayor of New York City, and the personal attorney for the 45th President of the United States?
Costello also told the Wall Street Journal that he'd offered to answer researchers' questions in recent years, but they declined.
'It's like I'm talking to a wall', he said.
FBI officials and Giuliani's team are not responding to requests from conservative TV channels or newspapers.
In late 2019, during the first House impeachment investigation against Trump over a conversation he had with the President of Ukraine in July of that year, prosecutors charged two alleged former associates of Giuliani with unrelated crimes related to alleged violations of the campaign finance: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman,
On January 20 last year, Giuliani appeared on Fox News "The Ingraham Angle" and said he is no longer around Parnas, a former client, and claimed that Parnas was lying about some of his claims.
An example, according to Giuliani, was the claim that Parnas met Trump in the White House during Hanukkah and was deputed by the president.
"The meeting never took place", Giuliani told Fox News at the time. “The data shows that it never happened. He lied. The man is a proven liar. ”
“Lev is someone I was very close to. Clearly I was misled by him. I feel really bad. I still feel sorry for him. I'm not going to respond to him for every misrepresentation he's made, because there were so many, ”he said. "If I am called as a witness, I am willing to do it."
Prior to that, Giuliani, who was Trump's personal attorney at the time, told CNN in 2019 that he had asked Ukrainian officials to investigate then-candidate Joe Biden before noticing that he "Asked them to investigate allegations pertaining to my client [Trump], who, tangentially, implicated Joe Biden in a large-scale bribery plan similar to what he did in China."
President Trump's attorney says he had spoken with a Ukrainian official about Joe Biden's possible role in that government's dismissal of a prosecutor who investigated Biden's son. pic.twitter.com/FTaLGBV1zO
- Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) September 20, 2019
"I asked Ukraine to investigate allegations that the Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of Hillary Clinton," Giuliani said.
When FBI officials searched the home of Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, the former president said it was part of a "witch hunt" against him on behalf of federal law enforcement. Cohen was eventually convicted and spent more than a year in a federal prison near Otisville, New York.
Trump has long said that the Russia investigation and impeachment against him were part of a politically motivated campaign to undermine his presidency and the legitimacy of his 2016 election victory.
Who is Rudy Giuliani?
The lawyer was best known as an American prosecutor in his hunt for the mafia. And with success!
The leaders of the Colombo, Genovese, Luchese and Bonanno families were sentenced to prison terms of XNUMX to XNUMX years. (source)
Giuliani was the mayor of New York.
He made a big impression with his determined action during and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He personally coordinated the work of the municipal services and led the recovery work. The weekly Time chose him to Person of the Year of 2001 and he received a high British honor.
After his mayorship, he founded a security consultancy called Giuliani Partners LLC in 2002, which he sold in the spring of 2008 due to his candidacy for president. In 2001 he was presented with the Abebe Bikila Award.
Loved until he became Donald Trump's lawyer for widespread electoral fraud.
After seeing more than 30 hours of footage with witness statements and experts, you can't believe that this could just have happened. How do they get away with it?
Some impressive fragments by Rudy Giuliani (Dutch subtitles):