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Politics Rudy Giuliani says federal agents are 'trying to frame him'

01:00  04 may  2021
01:00  04 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Rudy Giuliani said the feds are trying to frame him and he broke no laws. Giuliani said he was targeted because he was Donald Trump's lawyer. In an interview with Fox News, he said he has it in his contract he can't foreign lobbying so he can't be guilty of violating federal laws. Federal agents raided Giuliani 's New York City home and office last Wednesday, seizing his electronics, as part of their investigation into whether the former mayor acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday accused federal authorities of “ trying to frame me” — and alleged that he’s under investigation because of his work for former President Donald Trump, according to a report. In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Giuliani said that the officials targeting him “ are beyond the ability to control their Giuliani said the agents showed him a search warrant that “sought the electronics in my apartment and purported to be about an alleged violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA, for failure to file as a foreign agent on behalf of an unnamed Ukrainian official.”

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Rudy Giuliani slammed the federal investigation surrounding him, claiming agents are 'trying to frame' him, that he broke no laws, and that they are only targeting lawyers who worked for Donald Trump.

Federal agents raided Giuliani's New York City home and office last Wednesday, seizing his electronics, as part of their investigation into whether the former mayor acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.

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He said he is trying to investigate a 'massive corruption scandal in the Obama administration'. Giuliani claims that he wants authorities to look into a 'pay for play scheme' which he says involves former Vice President Joe Biden's brother James Biden. He then claimed the media is 'corrupt' and has been ' Is it possible if we break this open we ' re going to find out the Obama administration might be one of the more corrupt administrations in a very long time?' he asked. ' Is it possible that Democrats would cover that up and fight for their lives and have Schiff going out violating laws in order to frame the president

'They are trying to frame me,' Giuliani told Fox News. 'They are trying to find something they can make into a crime, some technical violation, some mistake I made.'

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Attorney Alan Dershowitz has agreed to help Rudy Giuliani as he's investigated over his Ukraine dealings — slamming the US as a "banana republic" for the FBI raid. Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor who served on President Donald Trump’s impeachment legal team, said it was “inappropriate” for the federal agents to execute a search warrant at Giuliani ’s Upper East Side apartment last week. “In banana republics, in Castro‘s Cuba, in many parts of the world when a candidate loses for president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his

He described the raid as 'out of control.'

'At about 6 a.m., there was a banging on my door -  a very loud banging, and outside there was a group of an endless number of FBI agents,' he said.

He said he was targeted because of his work for Trump. He served as the personal attorney for the former president.

'The only lawyers they raid are lawyers for Donald Trump. I can't think of another lawyer that has been raided other than lawyers for Trump,' he told Fox News. 'Trump is in a special category because he doesn't have constitutional rights.'

His comments echo those of his son and his lawyer, both of whom claimed the investigation is political and that Giuliani is being targeted because of his ties to Trump.

Giuliani did tell Fox News the warrant was part of an investigation into his work for the Ukraine but said his contracts specifically rule out foreign lobbying.

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Giuliani said he thought it was a scam or a shake-down, so he reported it to cops. Witnesses said they saw the Borat star running from the Mark Hotel and down 77th Street; he wasn't apprehended despite police arriving to the scene. Incident comes just a week after Cohen infiltrated a far-right rally in Washington. Rudy Giuliani has revealed that he called New York City police on Sacha Baron Cohen who tried to prank him during an interview earlier this week while wearing a pink bikini. In an interview with Page Six, Giuliani said that he was under the impression he was participating in a serious

'They showed me a warrant that sought the electronics in my apartment and purported to be about an alleged violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA, for failure to file as a foreign agent on behalf of an unnamed Ukrainian official,' he said.

Giuliani said he 'never did this' and was 'shocked' because he had been offering to discuss the allegations with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

He noted he used to run that office - Giuliani first made his name prosecuting the mob - and that he didn't break any laws.

'I know the criminal law and I do not violate it,' he said.

'My contracts have clauses that I will not act as a foreign agent, and I wanted to show these things to the government so that they would stop their consistent illegal leaking of an investigation,' Giuliani said.

Federal prosecutors have been looking at Giuliani and his work in the Ukraine for nearly 1-1/2 years. Last week's raid came after prosecutors stepped up their investigation into the former New York City mayor after it was put on hold last summer out of concerns it was too close to the election.

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Giuliani's son Andrew accused the Department of Justice of conducting the raid for political reasons - and claims agents didn't want to take allegedly incriminating evidence involving Hunter Biden.

'Any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today, by the continued politicization,' a furious Andrew, 35, told reporters in the Upper East Side on the day of the raid.

'The only piece of evidence that they did not take up there today was the only piece of incriminating evidence that is in there — and it does not belong to my father, it belongs to the current president's son,' he added.

It's not clear what he was referring to. Giuliani claimed he obtained the materials from a laptop of Hunter Biden during the 2020 election and he also visited the Ukraine in December 2019.

But President Joe Biden said he was not given a head's up on the raid and that he learned about it at the same time as the public.

'I give you my word, I was not,' Biden said told NBC's Today Show.

'I made a pledge,' Biden continued. 'I would not interfere in any way — order or try to stop any investigation the Justice Department had in their way. I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned about it.'

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Giuliani claimed Biden's son made millions of his work on the board of a gas company in the Ukraine and pushed Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens for corruption. The Bidens have not been charged with that crime. Hunter Biden is being investigated for his taxes.

Both Giuliani's lawyer and his son accused Biden's Justice Department of politicization, a charge made often against the department in President Donald Trump's administration when Trump would publicly pressure his attorneys general to follow his wishes on legal matters. Top DOJ officials would have had to approve the raid.

But Biden told NBC News he has not been briefed on Giuliani nor any other federal investigation.

Asked if he's been briefed about any other investigation, Biden said: 'No, and I'm not asking to be briefed — that's the Justice Department's independent judgment.'

He went on to criticize the Trump administration's handling of the DoJ, saying officials  'politicized the Justice Department so badly, so many of them quit, so many left.'

'That's not the role of the president to say who should be prosecuted, when they should be prosecuted, who should not be prosecuted. That's not the role of the president. The Justice Department is the people's lawyer, not the president's lawyer,' Biden said.

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Meanwhile, Giuliani's lawyer Robert Costello blamed the investigation on 'Trump derangement syndrome' and also accused agents of ignoring Hunter's hard drives during their search.

'Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani's word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden's hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani,' Costello said in a statement.

'Their reliance on Mr. Giuliani's credibility tells you everything you need to know about this case,' he added.

'It is outrageous that the Trump Derangement Syndrome has gone so far that hatred has driven this unjustified and unethical attack on the United States Attorney and Mayor who did more to reduce crime than virtually any other in American history,' Costello said.

The Giuliani team took a page from the Trump playbook, fighting the accusations with charges of their own against a political rival.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that Giuliani, who was universally hailed for his leadership after the September 11th attacks, 'has come unhinged.'

'It's a sad thing to have to say about a predecessor,' de Blasio said on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.' 'But Rudy Giuliani has just come unhinged in every sense. He attached himself to Donald Trump but then went even farther and decided to be one of the most extreme voices in the Trump world.'

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The federal investigation centers on whether Giuliani, who was Donald Trump's personal attorney, acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.

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Those were the same group of people who were helping Giuliani search for dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of Ukrainian gas company, during the 2020 election in an effort to help Trump politically.

Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, it is a federal crime to try to influence or lobby the US government at the request or direction of a foreign official without disclosing it to the Justice Department.

The United States Attorney's office in Manhattan and the FBI had wanted to execute the warrant on Giuliani's Upper East Side home and office for months but had been stymied by the political leadership put in place at the Justice Department by President Trump.

To obtain the search warrant, investigators would have needed to convince a judge they had sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and the search would turn up evidence of that. It does not indicate guilt.

The warrant was originally sought last summer but top officials at DOJ raised concerns about issuing a warrant so close to an election.

DOJ rules prevent actions close to an election that might be seen as interference – a matter that came up both in 2016 during the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails and in 2020 during the investigation, not publicly revealed, into Hunter Biden over potential tax issues.

But after Merrick Garland was confirmed as President Biden's attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search.

The raids indicate the investigation of the former New York City mayor has entered an aggressive new phase. It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, particularly one who has privileged conversations with his client, the former president of the United States.

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election.

The two Soviet-born men were charged with federal campaign finance violations.

The two, who pleaded not guilty, were arrested at an airport outside Washington carrying one-way tickets to Europe. That investigation is on-going and faced some delays due to the COVID pandemic.

Trump has said he doesn't know the two men or the work they did.

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani's role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump's first impeachment trial. Current and former U.S. officials testified at that inquiry that Giuliani carried out a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine.

As Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation of the Bidens, he pushed to have Yovanovitch removed, seeing her as an obstacle to his efforts to produce a probe that would benefit Trump politically.

At Giuliani's urging, Trump had her recalled.

Prosecutors are examining whether Giuliani was working not only for Trump, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who wanted Yovanovitch dismissed for their own reasons, The New York Times reported.

Giuliani later bragged about having her removed, saying he 'forced' her out as she was making his push for the Ukrainians to investigate the Bidens 'difficult.'

Trump was impeached on two counts in his first trial after reports of a July 25, 2019, phone call in which Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden and also a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.

Trump was acquitted by the Senate.

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