Rudy Giuliani joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday for his first tv interview since the FBI raided his New York Metropolis house and seized the previous New York Metropolis mayor’s digital gadgets in reference to a probe of whether or not he violated the legislation by lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officers.
Giuliani recalled being woken by a loud “bang” at 6 a.m. Wednesday and being greeted by seven FBI brokers at his door with a search warrant.
“I seemed on the warrant, and I mentioned, ‘You already know, that is extraordinary as a result of I provided to provide these to the federal government and speak it over with them for two years,'” he advised host Tucker Carlson.
The brokers remained in Giuliani’s house for almost two hours, seizing a number of digital gadgets, together with laptops and cell telephones, the previous Trump legal professional mentioned.
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“I do not know why they must do this,” Giuliani mentioned, recalling that the brokers “appeared considerably apologetic.”
“They have been very, very skilled and really gentlemanly.”
Federal authorities are investigating whether or not Giuliani violated the International Agent Registration Act (FARA) by failing to report his alleged actions on behalf of Ukraine to the Justice Division. Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing.
“The search warrant is on one single failure to file for representing a Ukrainian nationwide or official that I by no means represented,” he advised Tucker.
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“I by no means represented a Ukrainian nationwide or official earlier than the United States authorities. I’ve declined it a number of occasions. I’ve had contracts in international locations like Ukraine. Within the contract is a clause that says I can’t have interaction in lobbying or overseas illustration. I do not do it as a result of I felt it could be too compromising.”
Giuliani additionally famous the FBI’s obvious disinterest within the digital exhausting drives from Hunter Biden’s laptop computer, which he mentioned technically “fall inside the scope of the subpoena.”
“On the finish of the search, once they had taken about, I would say, seven or eight digital objects of mine … they weren’t taking the three exhausting drives, which of course, are digital gadgets. They only mimic the pc. I mentioned, ‘Effectively, do not you need these?’ They usually mentioned, ‘What are they? I mentioned, ‘These are Hunter Biden’s exhausting drives. They usually mentioned ‘no, no, no.”
Giuliani mentioned he provided to show over the exhausting drives thrice earlier than the brokers bought visibly “perturbed.”
“I mentioned, ‘Are you certain you do not need them? I imply the warrant required them to take it,'” he defined, and so they mentioned, ‘No, no, no.’ One final time, I mentioned, ‘Do not you suppose you must take it?’ They usually mentioned, ‘No.'”
Giuliani added that the brokers have been “fully content material to depend on my phrase that these have been Hunter Biden’s exhausting drives. I imply, they may have been Donald Trump’s. They might have been Vladimir Putin’s. They might have been anyone’s.
“However they relied on me, the person who needed to be raided within the morning, as a result of — I am going to destroy the proof? I’ve identified about this for 2 years, Tucker,” he added. “I may have destroyed the proof. The proof is exculpatory. It proves the president and I and all of us are harmless. They’re those who’re committing — it is like projection. They’re committing the crimes.”
Giuliani accused the Biden Justice Division of fabricating a FARA allegation in opposition to him as a substitute of honing in on Hunter’s “dozen or extra violations of FARA that’s spelled out fully.”
President Biden earlier Thursday denied having advance information of the FBI raid on Giuliani’s house, claiming that he discovered of the operation “when the remainder of the world discovered about it.”
“Possibly he would not keep in mind,” Giuliani mentioned. “I am undecided if he can retain something for greater than concerning the time it takes to learn it, however in any occasion, who cares if he knew or not.”
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Whereas the investigation continues, Giuliani mentioned he hopes these on the prime of the Biden DOJ who ordered the raid will “be investigated for blatantly violating my constitutional rights.”
“If that does not consequence of their being sanctioned, the case being dismissed, and it stopping, that is now not — we would as properly be in, you understand, East Berlin earlier than the Wall fell. That is ways solely identified in a dictatorship the place you see a lawyer’s information proper in the course of his illustration of his shopper. You need to be prosecuted and disbarred for that.
“They are a shame to an ideal division.”