Giuliani said the 6 a.m. search, which he said involved seven FBI agents, was unnecessary. AP Photo
NEW YORK: Rudy giuliani tried to discredit the federal investigation into his dealings in Ukraine on Thursday, a day after agents raided his home and office.
Giuliani said the 6 a.m. search, which he said involved seven FBI agents, it was unnecessary because he offered for two years to provide federal prosecutors with his electronic devices and “talk to them.”
“They won’t explain to me what they’re investigating for two years,” Giuliani said in an evening appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, has previously said that the proposed meetings between the investigators and Giuliani’s legal team did not take place because prosecutors did not agree to the precondition that they first reveal more about the investigation.
It would be rare for prosecutors to turn over detailed information to a potential criminal defendant before charges are filed, or to rely on that person to voluntarily produce electronic files believed to contain incriminating evidence.
The federal investigation is examining Giuliani’s interactions with Ukrainian figures and whether he violated a federal law governing lobbying on behalf of foreign countries or entities.
Giuliani, the former Republican mayor of New York City, has insisted that all his activities in Ukraine were carried out on behalf of former President Donald Triumph. At the time, Giuliani was leading a campaign to pressure Ukraine for an investigation into the president. Joe biden and his son, Hunter.
But some Ukrainians who were in contact with Giuliani have said in interviews that they also hoped he could help them on matters in the United States, including arranging meetings with the US attorney general and the removal of the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
The search warrants for Giuliani’s electronic devices were approved by a federal judge. The officers who knocked on his door this week took “seven or eight electronic items from me and two from someone else,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani said Thursday that federal prosecutors told his attorney that they had accessed materials from his iCloud as early as 2019.
“In the middle of the impeachment defense, they invaded, without warning me, my iCloud,” he told Carlson, without giving details.
Earlier in the day, Giuliani made his first public comments since the raid on his daily talk show on WABC Radio. On air, he referred to prosecutors for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which he used to run, as unconsummate “thugs.”
“You are not going to stop me,” he said on the show. “And you are not going to convict me of a false crime.”
He then ticked off a list of his own accomplishments as a U.S. attorney in Manhattan in the 1980s, including prosecutions of mob figures and Wall Street scammers, and criticized the current prosecution team for failing to do anything comparable.
“What have they done? Nothing, except come for me … at six in the morning with nonsense. No wonder they are jealous,” Giuliani said.
The US attorney’s office in Manhattan declined to comment.
In the decades since Giuliani left, the office has handled some of the largest prosecutions in the nation, convicting drug dealers, corrupt politicians, Wall Street con artists and terrorists, including the men behind the 1993 bombing. from the World Trade Center.
White House Press secretary Jen Psaki said on CNN on Thursday that the White House was not informed about the fact that the raid was coming. The Justice Department, he said, “is now independent. They will make their own decisions, they will take their own actions. This is how the president wants it.”
Trump told Fox Business on Thursday that Giuliani was “the greatest mayor in New York history” and “a great patriot.”
“It’s very, very unfair,” he said of what happened on Wednesday. “Rudy loves this country so much, it’s so terrible when you see the things that are happening in our country with the corruption and the problems and then they go after Rudy Giuliani.”