Federal authorities in Manhattan raided Rudy Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment on Wednesday as part of a criminal probe into the his business dealings in Ukraine, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Details about the search were not immediately available, but a source said Giuliani’s electronic devices were confiscated, according to the Times. Prosecutors obtained the search warrant as part of an investigation into Giuliani’s alleged lobbying during the Trump years.
Conservative critics slammed the move a clear example of the Biden Regime weaponizing the FBI and seeking revenge against a political opponent.
According to the Times, federal prosecutors have been looking into discussions Giuliani had about a potential consulting deal with Yuriy Lutsenko, the former Ukraine prosecutor general who was investigating the corrupt activities of Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine. The talks resulted in “a draft retainer agreement that was never executed,” the Times reported.
The search warrant is seen as an “extraordinary move for prosecutors to take,” the Times noted, especially against the opposition leader’s former lawyer. The move is seen as “a major turning point in the long-running investigation.”
The pretext for the feds’ investigation has been whether Giuliani violated FARA laws by lobbying the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of—as the Times put it “Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, who were also “helping Mr. Giuliani search for dirt on Mr. Trump’s political rivals,” aka Joe Biden.
While Trump was still president, the Justice Department looked into Giuliani’s independent investigation into Ukraine corruption on behalf of the president.
In February of 2020, then-Attorney General William Barr announced that the DOJ was reviewing the information that Giuliani and others had gathered about corruption in Ukraine, including allegations involving Biden and his degenerate, scandal-prone son, Hunter Biden, (who recently scored a guest speaking gig at Tulane University).
“The DOJ has the obligation to have an open door to anybody who wishes to provide us information that they think is relevant,” Barr said during a press briefing on Feb. 10, 2020. “But as I did say to Senator Graham, we have to be very careful with respect to any information coming from the Ukraine. There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, a lot of cross currents. And we can’t take anything we received from the Ukraine at face value.”
During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” at the time, Graham said Barr told him that the DOJ had “created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it’s verified.”
“Rudy Giuliani is a well-known man,” Graham noted. “He’s a crime fighter. He’s loyal to the president. He’s a good lawyer.”
Barr also told reporters that Giuliani’s information was being scrutinized. “We had established an intake process in the field so that any information coming in about Ukraine could be carefully scrutinized by the department and its intelligence community partners, so that we could assess its provenance and its credibility,” the AG explained. “And that is true for all information that comes to the department relating to the Ukraine, including anything Mr. Giuliani might provide.”
“Senior political appointees in the DOJ repeatedly sought to block” a search warrant targeting Giuliani, the New York Times reported, complaining that they slowed down the investigation “as it was gaining momentum last year.”
After Merrick Garland was confirmed as the new attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search warrant.
The investigation of Mr. Giuliani grew out of a case against two Soviet-born men who aided his mission in Ukraine to unearth damaging information about Mr. Biden and his son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. The prosecutors charged the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, with unrelated crimes in late 2019 and a trial is scheduled for October.
While investigating Mr. Giuliani, prosecutors have examined, among other things, his potential business dealings in Ukraine and his role in pushing the Trump administration to oust the American ambassador to Ukraine, which was the subject of testimony at Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.
As he was pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens, Mr. Giuliani became fixated on removing the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, whom he saw as an obstacle to those efforts. At the urging of Mr. Giuliani and other Republicans, Mr. Trump ultimately ousted Ms. Yovanovitch.
As part of the investigation into Mr. Giuliani, the prosecutors have explored whether he was working not only for Mr. Trump, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who wanted the ambassador to be dismissed for their own reasons, according to people briefed on the matter.
Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, it is a federal crime to try to influence or lobby the United States government at the request or direction of a foreign official without disclosing it to the Justice Department.
The prosecutors have scrutinized Mr. Giuliani’s dealings with Yuriy Lutsenko, one of the officials who helped Mr. Giuliani and his associates in their dirt-digging mission while also urging them to work to get the ambassador removed.
Among other things, the prosecutors have examined discussions Mr. Giuliani had about taking on hundreds of thousands of dollars in apparently unrelated consulting business from Mr. Lutsenko, which resulted in a draft retainer agreement that was never executed.
Mr. Giuliani has said he turned down the deal, which would have involved him helping the Ukrainian government recover money it believed had been stolen and stashed overseas.
As the investigation heated up last summer, prosecutors and F.B.I. agents in Manhattan were preparing to seek the search warrant for Mr. Giuliani’s records about his efforts to remove the ambassador, but they first had to notify Justice Department officials in Washington, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
According to the Times, federal prosecutors wanted to execute the search warrant last year before the election, but senior officials at the DOJ “raised concerns that the warrant would be issued too close to the election.”
The tried again after the election while Trump was still contesting election results in multiple states, but senior officials in the Justice Department blocked the warrant, the Times’ sources said.
Conservatives on Twitter reacted with alarm to the FBI raid on Giuliani’s residence, with one pundit calling Biden’s DOJ the “Department of Political Revenge.”
DOJ, which has a reputation of going easy on FARA and other alleged violations for its political allies in Democrat Party, reportedly raid another of its prominent political critics today. Raid occurs while non-elite Americans express concern about 2 standards/systems of justice. https://t.co/VmxAm0OXDh
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 28, 2021
Biden’s targeting of Giuliani should scare the crap out of you. He wants to persecute Trump supporters, not unite the country.
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) April 28, 2021
I wonder if in the politically motivated harassment raid on @RudyGiuliani, the FBI took and inventoried the hard drive copy of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Because if they are truly looking for criminal activity memorialized on electronic devices, that thing is a treasure trove.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) April 28, 2021
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) April 28, 2021
Joe Biden has weaponized the Department of Justice.
Rudy Giuliani had the goods on Hunter Biden and now President Biden is getting revenge.
This is not our Founder's America.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) April 28, 2021
America is already being run like a corrupt 3rd world country under Biden. Rudy Giuliani’s investigation uncovered massive corruption by the Biden family & Biden is now using the DOJ to go after Americans who are exposing his corruption. Where is the GOP standing up against this?
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) April 28, 2021
Degenerate meth-addicted Hunter Biden, whose unlawful conduct in Ukraine is well documented, gets a teaching gig at Tulane while America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani finds himself on the receiving end of a search warrant. Biden’s DOJ is officially the Department of Political Revenge.
— Eric Matheny 🎙 (@EricMMatheny) April 28, 2021
It's been 506 days since the FBI took possession of Hunter Biden's laptop. Today federal authorities finally decided to raid the apartment of Rudy Giuliani, the man who brought it to light.
No word on when they plan on exploring the contents of the laptop. 🤡🌎
— Nick Fad🇺🇸 (@NicAtNigh) April 28, 2021
Biden's America: Rudy Giuliani and MAGA Grandma's get raided by the FBI, Hunter Biden gets to teach a college course
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 28, 2021
Whatever happened to Clinton ally Tony Podesta and his Ukrainian endeavors and alleged foreign lobbying without FARA registration? 🦗🦗🦗
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) April 28, 2021
Meanwhile, John Durham, appointed two years ago to investigate criminality into #Obamagate, was supposed to issue a report and anticipated indictments by the end of last summer. Nothing.
Then certainly prior to the election. Nothing.
Four months since Nov. 3, still nothing. https://t.co/2LlNgY1aVX
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) April 28, 2021
In a now deleted tweet, Giuliani announced that he will put out a “live statement” on the matter on WABC Radio at 3:00 pm EST.
Tune in to https://t.co/2NKhMAWnaT at 3 PM EST for a live statement from Rudy Giuliani.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) April 28, 2021
Giuliani has a 3:00 to 4:00 pm radio show weekdays on WABC radio.
The station on Wednesday aired a program with substitute host Dominic Carter.
According to Giuliani’s attorney, “the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was in communication with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine.”
Giuliani attorney "said the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was in communication with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine."https://t.co/sTDfnALaCg
— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) April 28, 2021
Giuliani’s lawyer put out the following scathing statement Wednesday night, denying any wrongdoing and scorching the Biden DOJ of ignoring all of the evidence he collected.
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 of failing to register numerous times as a foreign agent, child pornography, money laundering, and 30 years of the Biden Crime family taking millions and millions in bribes to sell his public offices.
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 demonstrate that it is entirely untrue. Twice the offer was rejected by the SDNY by stating that while they were willing to listen to anything Mr. Costello had to say, they would not tell Mr. Giuliani or Mr. Costello, the subject matter they wanted him to address.
This contrasts with multiple proven incidences of failure to file as a foreign agent contained on the Biden hard drive which the FBI and the Department of Justice has ignored. You have not seen the home of Hunter Biden raided by the FBI with search warrants. This behavior of the justice department, enabled by a compliant media, running roughshod over the constitutional rights of anyone involved in, or legally defending, former President Donald J. Trump is becoming the rule, rather than the exception.
It is also a clear example of a corrupt double standard. One for high-level democrats whose blatant crimes are ignored, such as Hilary Clinton, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Republicans who are prominent supporters and defenders of President Trump who, are subjected to false charges and procedures used in the past, if at all, in cases involving terrorists and organized criminals.
The electronics taken are, also, replete with the material covered by the attorney-client privilege and other constitutional privileges. The warrant served on Mr. Giuliani’s law office is another disturbing example of complete disregard for the attorney-client privilege protected by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.
Remember the newspaper reports that explained that twice before, the SDNY went to Main Justice to seek permission to obtain a search warrant for Mr. Giuliani’s electronic devices and twice before the request was rejected. What changed? A new Administration – a new Attorney General. Were they ever informed of Mr. Costello’s offer? Was the Judge who signed the search warrant ever informed of Mr. Costello’s offer? We think not.
Twice, Mr. Giuliani’s counsel offered to sit with the SDNY and demonstrate that Mr. Giuliani’s conduct was lawful. It is outrageous that the Trump Derangement Syndrome has gone so far that hatred has driven this unjustified and unethical attack on the United States Attorney and Mayor who did more to reduce crime than virtually any other in American history. Mr. Giuliani respects the law, and he can demonstrate that his conduct as a lawyer and a citizen was absolutely legal and ethical.
Of course, I’m sure you will not be surprised that the FBI left behind the only electronics that contain evidence of crimes, the Hunter Biden hard drives. Mayor Giuliani offered them on several occasions, but the agents steadfastly declined. Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani’s word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani. Think about what that tells you. Their reliance on Mr. Giuliani’s credibility tells you everything you need to know about this case.