Thomas Gallatin / April 29, 2021

FBI Raids Rudy Giuliani for Political Payback?

The DOJ dubiously investigates Trump’s former personal lawyer for failing to register as a foreign agent.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Rudy Giuliani’s home and office on Wednesday. The raid on the former New York City mayor and personal lawyer for Donald Trump stinks of political motives. Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, blasted it as “totally unnecessary” and designed to “make him look like he’s some sort of criminal.” Costello noted that Giuliani had been cooperating with investigators but called the raid “legal thuggery.”

The agents seized several electronic devices, but one thing in particular stands out: They reportedly picked up a hard drive, but once they were informed it was the duplicate drive from Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop, they put it back down.

So, why the raid? Fox News reports, “The warrant was based on suspicion that Giuliani violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in lobbying on behalf of Ukraine.” No wonder it stinks. This is the same charge the FBI used to go after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Giuliani’s son Andrew slammed the raid, stating, “I am speaking as a son and a concerned American — anybody, any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today by the continued politicization of the Justice Department. This is disgusting. This is absolutely absurd.” He added, “It is the continued politicization of the Justice Department that we have seen and it has to stop. If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer, this can happen to anyone.”

Costello pointed out that Hunter Biden has himself failed “to register numerous times as a foreign agent” and that he’s accused of “money laundering” as well as other crimes. Highlighting the blatant hypocrisy, Costello observed, “The Biden Department of Justice has completely ignored clear evidence (which the FBI has had for over a year) in texts and emails on Hunter Biden’s hard drive.” He added, “Instead, the Justice Department decided it was a higher priority to serve (at dawn) search warrants for electronics at the home and law office of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The search warrants involve only one indication of an alleged incident of failure to register as a foreign agent. Mayor Giuliani has not only denied this allegation, but offered twice in the past two years through his attorney Bob Costello to Democrats that it is entirely untrue. Twice the offer was rejected by the SDNY [U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York].”

Noting the profound political double standard at play in this raid, Mark Alexander observes, “The FBI raids Rudy Giuliani’s residence — another fake Foreign Agents Registration Act violation? Really? When will the FBI raid the homes of Joe and Hunter Biden with warrants to obtain any and all electronic devices that may contain information regarding their connections with Ukraine — and the ChiComs — violating FARA? Giuliani’s problem is that he wore too many hats at one time, kind of like Joe Biden wears too many masks at one time. And regarding violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and any number of other federal statutes, somebody get John Kerry on the line.”

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