Rudy Giuliani describes raid on his Manhattan home as ‘illegal and unconstitutional’

Rudy Giuliani has claimed that the search warrant authorizing the raid on his Manhattan home was ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’, claiming that he had offered to hand over his electronic devices willingly for the past two years, and insisting that he had never worked for a foreign national.

Giuliani’s home was surrounded by FBI agents at 6am on Wednesday morning, as part of an investigation into his dealings in Ukraine.

Giuliani, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and former mayor of NYC, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday night that there was no legal justification for the raid. 

‘The only way you can get a search warrant is if you can get that evidence someone will destroy evidence,’ said Giuliani.

Rudy Giuliani on Thursday night appeared on Fox News to discuss the raid on his home 

Giuliani's apartment was raided on Wednesday: the media is seen waiting outside

Giuliani’s apartment was raided on Wednesday: the media is seen waiting outside

He said that he had been offering his electronic devices for two years, and claimed that the government had ‘spied on me’ before, through the Cloud. 

‘I could have destroyed the evidence years ago. I didn’t destroy the evidence because the evidence is exculpatory. It proves that the the president and I are innocent,’ he said. 

They seized ‘eight electronic devices of mine and two of someone else’s,’ he said. 

‘There is no justification for that warrant,’ Giuliani continued.

‘It’s an illegal, unconstitutional warrant.’ 

The warrants included an allegation that Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent, a violation of lobbying laws.

Prior to the 2020 presidential election, Giuliani led an effort to dig up dirt on then-Democratic contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

Rudy Giuliani's Upper East Side home was raided at 6am on Wednesday

Rudy Giuliani’s Upper East Side home was raided at 6am on Wednesday

Giuliani insisted on Carlson’s show that he had never worked for any foreign nationals, and had a line in all his contracts insisting he would only work for U.S. citizens.

‘I never, ever represented a foreign national,’ said Giuliani, who founded management consultancy and security firm Giuliani Partners in 2002, on stepping down as mayor.

Giuliani accused agents of ignoring Hunter Biden's hard drives during their search - hard drives which contained the image above

Giuliani accused agents of ignoring Hunter Biden’s hard drives during their search – hard drives which contained the image above

‘I have in my contracts that I didn’t want to,’ he said. 

He worked on behalf of a wide range of foreign clients, from the Qatari government in 2007, for whom he acted as a security consultant, to a $4.3 million security contract with Mexico City, advising them on their policing and public safety.

Giuliani said that investigators would not tell him what exactly they were looking in to.

‘They won’t explain what they are looking into for the last two years,’ he said.

‘They won’t address it. They say come in and discuss your entire life.’

And he expressed bemusement that the ‘very professional’ agents were not interested in taking Hunter Biden’s hard drive with them. 

‘I said don’t you want these?’ Giuliani recalled.

‘They said what are they? I said they are Hunter Biden’s hard drives.’

The agents said they did not want them. 

‘I said, are you sure? One last time. They said no.’

Giuliani said that Hunter Biden’s hard drives ‘fall in the scope of the subpoena’.

He said the hard drive contained evidence of ’30 years of the Biden crime family’. 

Giuliani added: ‘They were also completely content to rely on my word. They could have been Donald Trump’s. They could have been Vladimir Putin’s.’

Giuliani concluded: ‘I am so offended by the things they have said about me.’ 

Earlier on Thursday, Giuliani had told a caller to his radio show that he was outraged at the raid, and described those behind it as ‘crooks’ jealous of his career. 

‘I’ve been fighting crooks all my life,’ he said. 

Giuliani, seen at a Trump rally on January 6, ahead of the riot, had his home raided Wednesday

Giuliani, seen at a Trump rally on January 6, ahead of the riot, had his home raided Wednesday

Giuliani pictured in June 1987, when he was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Giuliani pictured in June 1987, when he was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Giuliani made his name in the 1980s taking down the mob (pictured, with FBI Director William Webster)

Giuliani made his name in the 1980s taking down the mob (pictured, with FBI Director William Webster)

‘I’m fighting crooks again. The only tragedy of it is they have titles from the government. 

‘But they’re a disgrace! They are a complete disgrace to the office that I distinguished! They didn’t.’

Giuliani then detailed his illustrious career, telling how he expelled ‘five Nazis’ from the United States and talking about his infamous mob-busting years in the 1980s, when he brought down the ‘Five Families’ – New York’s main mafia clans. 

‘Did they get threatened with getting killed by the mafia? The Colombian cartel wanting to cut my throat?

‘What have they done? Noting except come after me, six-o-clock in the morning, with a piece of nonsense. No wonder they’re jealous!

‘It’s just ridiculous.’

The comments are Giuliani’s first on the raid, aside from a written statement released via his lawyer on Wednesday.

 

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani's New York City apartment and office, seizing electronic devices

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office, seizing electronic devices

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