Giuliani’s son rips raid of father’s NYC apartment as ‘continued politicization’ of DOJ
Federal investigators have executed a search warrant on former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, sources confirmed to Fox News
Andrew Giuliani fiercely defended his father Rudy Wednesday, blasting the FBI raid on the former New York City mayor’s home as “disgusting” and “absurd.”
“I am speaking as a son and a concerned American,” Giuliani told reporters outside Rudy Giuliani’s Big Apple home. “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.”
The younger Giuliani’s comments came after federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s home, seizing electronic devices.
The raid, which was first reported by the New York Times, comes as federal authorities were investigating whether he violated the law by lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials in 2019. Giuliani has served as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney on a number of high-profile matters.
According to Giuliani’s attorney Robert Costello, seven FBI agents arrived at the apartment at 6 a.m. on Wednesday and remained for roughly two hours. The agents seized several electronic devices, including laptops and cell phones.
Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudy Giuliani, speaks to reporters outside the building where the former Mayor lives, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in New York. Federal agents raided Giuliani’s Manhattan home and office, seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Giuliani son’s characterized the search as a political move by the Justice Department.
“Our Justice Department should be independent of politics. Enough is enough, ladies and gentlemen. We cannot stand for this anymore.”
He added: “If this can happen to the president’s lawyer, this can happen to any one of us.”
Guiliani took a swipe at Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, and suggested the Justice Department should be focused on him instead of his father.
“The only piece of evidence that they did not take up there today was the only incriminating evidence that is in there and it does not belong to my father,” Guiliani said. “It belongs to the current president’s son.”
He was referring to a hard drive in his dad’s possession that purportedly contains a copy of Biden’s laptop.
Three sources familiar told Fox News that federal investigators on Wednesday did not seize the hard drive containing the contents of the laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden.
Hunter Biden, in December, confirmed he was under federal investigations for his “tax affairs.”
Two sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News at the time that the investigation included looking at the laptop in question.
In October, Fox News first reported that the FBI subpoenaed a laptop and hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden in connection with a money-laundering investigation in late-2019.
Fox News also first reported in October that the FBI was in possession of the laptop.
The FBI told Fox News Wednesday that they have no comment on the search warrant, and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York has declined to comment as well.
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The warrant was based on suspicion that Giuliani violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for lobbying on behalf of Ukraine. FARA requires individuals to notify the State Department if they are acting as a foreign agent.
“This is totally unnecessary,” Costello told Fox News, claiming that the raid was done to “make him look like he’s some sort of criminal.”
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Marta Dhanis contributed to this report.
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