Former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani Thursday called the FBI raid on his Manhattan apartment and law offices “unjustified,” and denied any wrongdoing related to his dealings in Ukraine where he also sought to unearth damaging information against President Joe Biden and his son.
Giuliani, in an appearance on Fox News, said FBI agents seized up to eight personal electronic devices, along with two other devices belonging to a separate person the former New York mayor did not identify.
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He said that seven agents arrived at his apartment at 6 a.m. Wednesday, making their presence known with a “bang, bang, bang” on the door.
Giuliani claimed the warrant indicated agents were investigating an allegation that he had failed to register as a foreign agent in representing Ukrainian interests in the U.S., asserting that he “never” worked in such a capacity.
Federal investigators have been examining Giuliani since at least early 2019 related to his business dealings in Ukraine, including with Ukrainian-born Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, of Belarus, who were indicted in the fall of 2019 on campaign finance charges.
An attorney, Kenneth McCallion, who has represented several Ukrainian clients in U.S. court cases, including former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, told USA TODAY at the time that agents asked him about Giuliani’s business dealings with Parnas and Fruman.
The two men played instrumental roles in connecting Giuliani with Ukrainian officials as Giuliani sought information about the financial dealings there of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
At the time, McCallion said he “was asked a lot of questions by FBI and other counterintelligence investigators who were looking at Giuliani’s comings and goings in Ukraine and business dealings.”
In the last year of the Trump administration, the federal inquiry had been tangled in an internal dispute as prosecutors sought to push it forward.
During the transition to the Biden administration, it was expected that Attorney General Merrick Garland would be consulted on how the inquiry would proceed.
The Justice Department has declined comment on the inquiry.
During his Thursday television appearance, Giuliani claimed that he had sought to cooperate with federal authorities multiple times before he was served with the search warrant Wednesday.
As federal agents collected Giuliani’s devices, the former mayor and one-time Manhattan U.S. attorney said he directed investigators to a computer hard-drive purported to have once-belonged to Hunter Biden but he said agents did not take it.
Giuliani has sought to use contents of the device damage the Bidens.
Hunter Biden announced in December that the U.S. attorney in Delaware was investigating his taxes. Republicans have questioned his business dealings in Ukraine and China, but the president has stood behind his son.