Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the federal investigation into Rudy Giuliani, saying he had no idea what U.S. agents were looking for when they ransacked his former personal attorney’s apartment and office in Manhattan. Continue reading
The federal prosecutor’s office has been investigating Giuliani for almost a year and a half because of his Ukrainian business while he was serving as Trump’s lawyer. He was not officially accused of doing anything wrong.
“It’s very, very unfair,” Trump told Fox Business Network in a telephone interview. “Rudy is a patriot who loves this country and I don’t know what they’re looking for, what they’re doing. They said it had to do with filing different papers.”
“Rudy loves this country so much,” added Trump. A spokesman for the former Republican president in February said Giuliani was not representing Trump on any current legal matter. Continue reading
Wednesday’s search marks a significant step in investigators’ investigation. A 2019 grand jury subpoena for Giuliani’s financial records from Reuters revealed agents were investigating possible money laundering, wire fraud, campaign funding violations, false testimony, obstruction of justice, and violations of federal law on the registration of foreign agents. Continue reading
It marks the last turning point for Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who rose to national prominence after the September 11, 2001 attacks and once ran the US law firm in Manhattan that is now investigating him.
Giuliani began representing Trump in 2018 as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which Trump won.
Before the 2020 elections, Giuliani made efforts to tarnish Democratic competitor Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine. Biden defeated Trump and took office earlier this year. Both Biden and his son have denied wrongdoing.
Giuliani’s attorney Bob Costello said Wednesday that authorities had confiscated cell phones and computers and, along with Giuliani’s son Andrew, suggested that his client’s investigation was politically motivated – an indictment the White House denied.
Biden said Thursday that he had received no advance notice of the Justice Department’s actions and that he was keeping his election promise to maintain his independence.
“I made a promise,” he told NBC News in an interview. “I wouldn’t interfere in any way … I found out about this last night when the rest of the world found out about it.”
Giuliani faces separate legal steps in relation to his actions in connection with the November 2020 election and the deadly January 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol – one from a Democratic congressman reading more and one from the Voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems.
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