Giuliani Reacts to FBI Raid
He noted that the agents wanted nothing to do with Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Rudy Giuliani, former personal lawyer to Donald Trump and former mayor of New York City, was the subject of an early-morning FBI raid Wednesday, as our Thomas Gallatin wrote yesterday. Giuliani joined Tucker Carlson last night on Fox News to talk about that raid, and he offered some fascinating details.
After being woken at 6 a.m. by a loud “bang,” Giuliani said seven FBI agents were at his door with a search warrant. “I looked at the warrant, and I said, ‘You know, this is extraordinary because I offered to give these to the government and talk it over with them for two years.’”
“I don’t know why they have to do this,” Giuliani said, though he noted that the agents “seemed somewhat apologetic.” Indeed, he added, “They were very, very professional and very gentlemanly.”
Still, if it’s true that he’d spent the last two years making overtures to the FBI regarding this material, the rationale for the raid is, from a legal standpoint, a mystery. Politically, of course, it’s a no-brainer. This is Joe Biden’s Social Justice Department, after all.
The investigation relates to whether Giuliani violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by lobbying the U.S. government on behalf of Ukraine. As Gallatin pointed out yesterday, “This is the same charge the FBI used to go after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.”
Giuliani says the charge is completely bogus. “The search warrant is on one single failure to file for representing a Ukrainian national or official that I never represented,” he said. “I have never represented a Ukrainian national or official before the United States government. I’ve declined it several times. I’ve had contracts in countries like Ukraine. In the contract is a clause that says I will not engage in lobbying or foreign representation. I don’t do it because I felt it would be too compromising.”
You know who probably should have registered as a foreign agent? Hunter Biden. Yet the FBI had no interest in material related to him.
“At the end of the search, when they had taken about, I would say, seven or eight electronic items of mine,” Giuliani explained, “they weren’t taking the three hard drives, which of course, are electronic devices. They just mimic the computer. 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.’”
Giuliani found that bizarre. “I mean, the warrant required them to take it,” he explained. Yet three times they refused. The agents were “completely content to rely on my word that these were Hunter Biden’s hard drives,” he said. “I mean, they could have been Donald Trump’s. They could have been Vladimir Putin’s. They could have been anybody’s.”
He also highlighted the very absurdity of an early-morning raid. “I’ve known about this for two years, Tucker,” he added. “I could have destroyed the evidence. The evidence is exculpatory. It proves the president and I and all of us are innocent. They are the ones who are committing — it’s like projection. They are committing the crimes.”
Indeed, remember that time Donald Trump was impeached for what Joe Biden actually did in Ukraine? Let the good times continue.
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