EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Giuliani stated the FBI’s raid of his father’s New York Metropolis residence Wednesday solely gave him “extra confidence” that operating for governor of New York is “the suitable path” for him, saying his “resolve” is “as robust as ever.”
Federal investigators executed a search warrant on former New York Metropolis Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s residence Wednesday, seizing digital units, together with laptops and cell telephones, as they examine whether or not he violated the legislation by lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officers in 2019.
Throughout an interview with Fox Information, Giuliani was requested if the raid on his father’s residence gave him pause as as to if to enter into the gubernatorial race.
“Yesterday truly solely gave me extra confidence that operating is the suitable path, to be completely sincere,” he informed Fox Information. “I feel they’re threatened by a Gov. Giuliani, if I had been to run. My resolve is as robust as ever.”
Giuliani stated he doesn’t have an “official announcement” simply but, however stated one might be coming quickly.
“I can let you know we’re leaning in on this,” he stated. “And we’re nearer to sure than ever.”
Giuliani, who’s the son of Trump’s longtime private lawyer, and served as affiliate director within the White Home Workplace of Public Liaison through the Trump administration, was requested how he would deal with being tied to Trump by means of the gubernatorial race.
“I’d be operating as Andrew Giuliani, that will be on the yard indicators, however I’m not operating away from my affiliation with President Trump in any respect,” Giuliani informed Fox Information. “I feel the one factor New Yorkers will discover out about me, if I do get on this race, greater than something, is I attempt to be a real particular person.
“And I’m pleased with the 4 years I spent working for President Trump— I’m pleased with our 25-year friendship. I’m definitely pleased with the entire accomplishments we had been in a position to accomplish collectively within the Trump White Home,” he stated. “So I’ll by no means run away from that.”
Giuliani informed Fox Information that he served within the White Home whereas his father served because the president’s private lawyer.
“We had totally different duties with how we had been serving the nation,” he stated of himself and his father, noting that he was working with “the enterprise neighborhood, on the Paycheck Safety Program, the CARES Act, a bunch of various issues.
“He honored my function within the White Home and I honored his function,” he stated.
“So whether or not New Yorkers wish to name me a Trump candidate, or a Giuliani candidate, all I can let you know is I’m Andrew Giuliani,” he stated. “And Donald Trump is definitely a part of what made Andrew Giuliani, and so is Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover.”
He added: “So I feel that’s for New Yorkers to find out. However what I can let you know, greater than something, is I’m centered on turning this nice state round.”
Giuliani’s potential marketing campaign comes as some Trump allies have rallied their assist behind New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, who introduced his gubernatorial bid earlier this month.
Whereas New York is a reliably blue state the place Cuomo received reelection to a 3rd time period in 2018 by an enormous 23-point margin, the governor has fallen underneath intense scrutiny, as 10 girls have lodged allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to him, resulting in an unbiased investigation by the state lawyer normal into the claims and an impeachment investigation within the State Meeting.
Cuomo has vehemently denied the allegations in opposition to him and has provided public assist for the investigations into them.
Cuomo has additionally been politically wounded by the nursing residence disaster, dealing with criticism after revelations that his administration hid the total extent of nursing home-related deaths through the COVID-19 pandemic.