RUDY GIULIANI blames the feds for “spying” on his iCloud account two years before agents raided his Upper Manhattan home and office as part of a sweeping investigation into his Ukranian dealings and lobbying efforts.
Giuliani made the accusations during an interview on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program crowing that FBI agents entered his home and office and confiscated former President Donald Trump’s attorney’s phone and other electronic gizmos.
Giuliani accused federal investigators of “spying” on his iCloud account during an appearance on Tucker Carlson TonightCredit: Fox News
But it was the tabs on Giulian’s Apple-owned cloud storage and email accounts that has him ticked off at authorities and running interference.
He told the host, “in the middle of the impeachment defense they invaded, without telling me, my iCloud.
“They took documents that are privileged, and then they unilaterally decided what they could read and not read,” according to a transcript of the interview.
Giuliani recalled hearing bangs on his front door at dawn on Wednesday.
A throng of media gather below Rudy Giuliani’s Upper East Side Manhattan home following a 6am raid by federal agentsCredit: Reuters
Giuliani the agents who raided his home were very polite, until he asked them to take with them three hard drives that allegedly contain Hunter Biden evidenceCredit: Alamy
The former New York City mayor served as a personal attorney for former Pres. Donald Trump and believes the raid on his home and office was politically motivatedCredit: Reuters
Simultaneously, the feds also searched fellow lawyer and Giuliani’s close confidant Victoria Toensing’s home as part of the evidence grab.
Giuliani feels his rights as a citizen and attorney-client privileges have been subjugated.
“The prosecutors in the Justice Department spied on me,” the former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor said.
“These are tactics only known in a dictatorship — where you seize a lawyer’s records in the middle of his representation.”
Giuliani’s statements dovetail off his white-knuckled attorney Robert Costello who reprimanded the Justice Department under the current Biden administration for perpetuating a double standard and ignoring “clear evidence” of wrongdoing by prominent Democrats, including President Joe Biden‘s family.
“The Biden Department of Justice has completely ignored clear evidence (which the FBI has had for over a year) in texts and emails on Hunter Biden’s hard drive of failing to register numerous times as a foreign agent, child pornography, money laundering, and 30 years of Biden Crime family taking millions and millions in bribes to sell his public offices,” Costello wrote in a statement.
Giuliani has been under scrutiny by the feds since he began pursuing lobbying work on behalf of clients in Ukraine back in 2019.
At least part of the probe involves Giuliani’s alleged shadow efforts to oust former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch from her post, the New York Times reported.
While the agents bagged and hauled away Giuliani’s documents and electronics, he failed to compel them to take a “three hard drives” he claims possess critical evidence against President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
“The agents seemed somewhat apologetic, I might say,” Giuliani said.
“They were very, very professional and very gentlemanly.
“The only time they got perturbed is at the end of the search, when they had taken about seven or eight electronic items of mine … they weren’t taking the three hard drives.”
Past tries to arrange Giuliani to huddle with investigators to answer questions were reportedly unsuccessful because of his legal team’s demands.
“I looked at the warrant and I said, ‘This is extraordinary because I’ve offered to give these to the government, and talk it over with them for two years.
“I don’t know why they have to do this,” Giuliani told Carlson.
His attorney, Costello confirmed that there were discussions between him and the feds to broker some kind of formal sitdown with Giuliani, but those meetings were contingent on federal prosecutors’ willingness to okay a precondition to disclose the nature of their query, Bloomberg reports.