EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Giuliani mentioned the FBI’s raid of his father’s New York Metropolis residence Wednesday solely gave him “extra confidence” that working for governor of New York is “the suitable path” for him, saying his “resolve” is “as sturdy as ever.”
Federal investigators executed a search warrant on former New York Metropolis Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s dwelling 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.
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Throughout an interview with Fox Information, Giuliani was requested if the raid on his father’s residence gave him pause as as to whether to enter into the gubernatorial race.
“Yesterday truly solely gave me extra confidence that working is the suitable path, to be completely sincere,” he advised Fox Information. “I believe they’re threatened by a Gov. Giuliani, if I had been to run. My resolve is as sturdy as ever.”
Giuliani mentioned he doesn’t have an “official announcement” simply but, however mentioned one might be coming quickly.
“I can let you know we’re leaning in on this,” he mentioned. “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 throughout the Trump administration, was requested how he would deal with being tied to Trump by means of the gubernatorial race.
“I might be working as Andrew Giuliani, that might be on the yard indicators, however I’m not working away from my affiliation with President Trump in any respect,” Giuliani advised Fox Information. “I believe 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 individual.
“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 mentioned. “So I’ll by no means run away from that.”
Giuliani advised 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 mentioned 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 mentioned.
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“So whether or not New Yorkers need to name me a Trump candidate, or a Giuliani candidate, all I can let you know is I’m Andrew Giuliani,” he mentioned. “And Donald Trump is definitely a part of what made Andrew Giuliani, and so is Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover.”
He added: “So I believe 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 help 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 gained reelection to a 3rd time period in 2018 by an enormous 23-point margin, the governor has fallen beneath intense scrutiny, as 10 ladies have lodged allegations of sexual harassment towards 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 towards him and has supplied public help for the investigations into them.
Cuomo has additionally been politically wounded by the nursing dwelling disaster, dealing with criticism after revelations that his administration hid the complete extent of nursing home-related deaths throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.