special: Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, denies allegations he violated the Foreign Representative Registration Act, telling Fox News on Monday that federal investigators were “Try to frame” him
Federal investigators seized electronic devices from Giuliani’s New York City apartment last week after pursuing a search warrant as part of a federal investigation into whether he violated the law by lobbying the Trump administration. Camps on behalf of Ukrainian officials in 2019
Giuliani has served as President Trump’s former personal attorney for a number of high-profile stories.
FEDS RAID RUDY GIULIANI APARTMENT in Ukraine investigation.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Giuliani described the raid on his apartment: “Can̵7;t control”
“Around 6 a.m., there was a sound slamming on my door – very noisy and there was an infinite number of FBI agents outside,” Giuliani told Fox News.
“Usually people who were former aide to the US attorney, US attorney, mayor, deputy attorney general, are often subpoenaed – not to be invaded,” Giuliani said.
“The only lawyer they raided was Donald Trump’s attorney. I can’t think of any other lawyer who was raided other than Trump,” he continued. He has no constitutional rights “
He continued, “They show a warrant that searches for electronic equipment in my apartment and claims about the allegations of violating the FARA Foreign Agent Registration Act because it was unable to file a claim as a foreign agent on behalf of an unnamed Ukrainian officer”. Giuliani told the Fox News that he He was “never doing this” and “shocked” because he offered himself to discuss the allegations with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
“I have been a lawyer for 51 years, I worked at that office,” Giuliani, who served as an attorney for the US SDNY, told Fox News.
“I know the criminal law and not violate,” Giuliani added, saying he. He was “well aware of FARA” and told Fox News he was following. “Completely”
“My contract contains provisions even though I am not acting as a foreign agent, and I want to show them to the government so that they can continually stop the leakage of illegal investigations,” Giuliani said.
ANDREW GIULIANI BLAST FBI RAID AS ‘ABSURD’
The arrest warrant was based on suspicions that Giuliani violated the FARA in lobbying on behalf of Ukraine.The FARA required individuals to notify the State Department if they acted as foreign agents.
Giuliani told Fox News he and his lawyer contacted SDNY officials as recently as March 4 to arrange documents after reading a report on allegations about him.
“I said, ‘If you have concerns, give me a chance to show you that it’s not true,'” Giuliani explains. “They never agree and they never stop leaking.”
An SDNY spokesman declined to comment.
When pressed, Giuliani said “Absolutely no one,” he would represent that could be interpreted as violating the FARA.
“There is no way in the world for them to tell the truth that I am acting as a foreign agent,” he said, “and they have no evidence that I am trying to influence government on behalf of clients.”
Giuliani told Fox News that because he worked as a personal attorney for Trump, he decided that The “safest thing to do” is to refer Ukrainian customers to Victoria Tousing.
The FBI also visited Toensing, an attorney close to Giuliani, a source familiar with the situation said Toensing turned to the FBI, but officials had not searched for her home.
The source also told Fox News that Toensing had been told that “This is not the goal of the investigation”
But Giuliani claimed that the investigation was caused by Federal investigators “hate President Trump”.
“They are beyond their ability to control their rational or decisive thoughts, and they have serious and serious ethical problems driven by the Trump derangement syndrome,” Giuliani said.
“They tried to frame me,” Giuliani told Fox News. “They’re trying to find something that could cause a crime, some technical abuse that I messed up.”
He added: “They’ll take anything.”
As for the next step in the investigation, Giuliani said he was represented by attorney Robert Costello, who also consulted Alan Der Schowitz.
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Giuliani was instrumental in Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter over energy company Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden served on the board.
Associates of Giuliani Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman have already been charged with crimes, including campaign finance violations, for allegedly using foreign money to run US campaigns to influence the applicants.