Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s Apartment Raided In Federal Probe

(FILES) Federal investigators raided the New York apartment of president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani early April 28, 2021 as part of a probe into his dealings in Ukraine, US media reported. Investigators with search warrants combed Giuliani’s residence and a separate office, seizing electronic devices, The New York Times said, citing unnamed sources familiar with the investigation. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

 

 

Federal investigators raided the New York apartment of president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani early Wednesday as part of a probe into his dealings in Ukraine, US media reported.

Investigators with search warrants combed Giuliani’s residence and a separate office, seizing electronic devices, The New York Times said, citing unnamed sources familiar with the investigation.

Giuliani, himself once a top New York prosecutor and then mayor of the city, was a personal lawyer for Trump when the president was impeached for seeking political help from Ukraine.

Giuliani spent months trying to help Trump find dirt on election rival Joe Biden in Ukraine, and on Biden’s son Hunter, during 2018-2020.

The investigation reportedly involves Giuliani’s work on behalf of Ukrainian businessmen and political actors that could violate US lobbying laws.

According to reports, the FBI and the Justice Department’s prosecutor in New York had sought search warrants for Giuliani’s phones last year, but were denied that while Trump remained in office, until January 20.

 

Giuliani stands with former president Donald Trump before their meeting at Trump International Golf Club on Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J.

 

Under the new attorney general, Merrick Garland, in the administration of now-President Biden, the warrants were evidently approved.

The FBI and Justice Department declined to confirm the raids or the investigation.

The New York Times quoted Giuliani’s own attorney, Robert Costello, as calling the raids Wednesday “legal thuggery.”

“Why would you do this to anyone, let alone someone who was the associate attorney general, United States attorney, the mayor of New York City and the personal lawyer to the 45th president of the United States?” he asked.

Investigations of lawyers, especially those who represented a president, are highly sensitive, given protections they have for privileged dealings with clients.

Nevertheless, a previous personal attorney for Trump, Michael Cohen, was sent to prison in 2019 after pleading guilty to charges including paying hush money to two women who said they slept with Trump, for tax fraud and for lying to Congress.

On January 11, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on four Ukrainians who it said helped Giuliani in the effort to smear Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Voting Machine Maker Sues Trump’s Lawyer For Defamation

) In this file photo taken on July 01, 2020 Rudy Giuliani, attorney for US President Donald Trump, speaks at the White House in Washington, DC. JIM WATSON / AFP
In this file photo taken on July 01, 2020 Rudy Giuliani, attorney for ex-US President Donald Trump, speaks at the White House in Washington, DC. JIM WATSON / AFP

 

A voting machine manufacturer sued Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer for former US President Donald Trump, on Monday after he claimed the company had cost Trump last November’s election.

In a defamation lawsuit seeking damages of $1.3 billion, Dominion Voting Systems said Giuliani and other Trump allies had damaged its reputation by alleging its widely used voting machines were part of a “massive fraud” that Giuliani claimed had “fixed the vote” for now-President Joe Biden.

Dozens of state and federal rulings, as well as the US Congress, have rejected such claims.

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But the allegations underpinned what Dominion called the “Big Lie” behind the January 6 attack on the US Congress by Trump supporters attempting to overturn Biden’s victory.

Former New York mayor Giuliani and his allies “manufactured and disseminated the ‘Big Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election,” Dominion said in the suit, filed in Washington federal court.

Giuliani did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

Dominion said Giuliani, 76, had requested $20,000 a day from Trump’s campaign for pushing the fraud argument, which he also used to publicize other commercial ventures — selling gold coins, cigars and cybersecurity services.

“Even after the United States Capitol had been stormed by rioters who had been deceived by Giuliani and his allies, Giuliani shirked responsibility for the consequences of his words and repeated the Big Lie again,” it said in the suit.

Dominion said Giuliani knew the claims that Dominion’s voting machines produced false counts were bogus because, while he repeatedly promoted the idea in public, he declined to say so in court before a judge.

“He was unwilling to make false election fraud claims about Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law because he knew those allegations are false,” it said.

The viral claims saw Dominion pilloried online and in conservative media and forced the company to repeatedly defend its reputation, despite no evidence that its vote tallies were erroneous.

It was the second such case filed by Dominion.

On January 8 it sued Sidney Powell, another attorney representing Trump in the effort to overturn the election results, also for $1.3 billion.

Similar to the Powell suit, the Giuliani suit said he worked “in concert with” conservative media companies Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, One America News Network, and The Epoch Times to push “defamatory falsehoods.”

It was not clear if Dominion intended action against any of those companies or against Trump himself, who also questioned Dominion’s technology.

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Trump’s Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Tests Positive For COVID-19

Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service for the late Senator John McCain, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are set to deliver eulogies for McCain in front of the 2,500 invited guests. McCain will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

 

Donald Trump said Sunday his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for Covid-19, the latest member of the president’s inner circle — where mask wearing is rare — to contract the disease.

The 76-year-old former New York City mayor’s age puts him in a high-risk group, and the New York Times and ABC reported he was hospitalized on Sunday in Washington as the US faces a record surge in coronavirus cases.

Giuliani’s diagnosis comes after he had been crisscrossing the country, leading the president’s defiant — and unsuccessful — effort to undo Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 presidential election.

During his travels, Giuliani has been seen frequently without a mask: on Wednesday, he was at the Michigan state assembly in Lansing with his face uncovered for a hearing that lasted more than four hours.

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On Thursday, CNN showed footage of him in Atlanta walking maskless down a hall chatting with several other people whose faces were uncovered.

“Giuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus,” Trump tweeted, using a term he applies to the coronavirus that has been widely decried as racist and fanning conspiracy theories.

“Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!” the president added.

A few hours earlier, Giuliani was interviewed live on Fox News and showed no signs of the disease.

Trump’s legal team said in a statement that Giuliani tested negative twice before his most recent trip and “did not experience any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 until more than 48 hours after his return.”

Other members of the legal team will follow their doctors’ orders and CDC guidelines on self-isolation and testing, the statement said.

‘They are wrong’

Giuliani tweeted Sunday that he was “getting great care and feeling good.”

“Recovering quickly and keeping up with everything,” he said.

The Trump lawyer’s diagnosis came a day after the president, who has long played down the severity of the pandemic and even mocked those who wear masks, held his first big political rally since the election — before a tightly packed crowd of thousands of largely unmasked supporters in Georgia.

) In this file photo taken on July 01, 2020 Rudy Giuliani, attorney for US President Donald Trump, speaks at the White House in Washington, DC. JIM WATSON / AFP
) In this file photo taken on July 01, 2020 Rudy Giuliani, attorney for US President Donald Trump, speaks at the White House in Washington, DC. JIM WATSON / AFP

 

White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx expressed frustration Sunday at anti-mask sentiment in the US.

“I hear community members… parroting back that masks don’t work,” she told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“They are wrong.”

The United States — the country with the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world — has seen a dramatic resurgence in its epidemic in recent weeks.

For the third day in a row, the United States on Saturday notched a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, reaching nearly 230,000 new infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

A series of members of Trump’s inner circle have contracted the disease since the president himself caught it weeks before the election.

They include his wife Melania, his son Donald Jr., his son Barron, his press secretary, some of his advisors, his campaign manager as well as several Republican members of Congress.

Many of them, including Giuliani, followed Trump’s example, often ignoring health experts’ guidance and attending White House and political events without masks.

Giuliani’s son Andrew, who works in the White House, tested positive for the virus late last month.

David Gergen, a senior adviser in four US administrations, noted on CNN that while dozens of people around Trump had now contracted the virus, only one or two in Biden’s camp had done so.

The lesson, Gergen said: “The cavalier attitude taken by the Trump people is only going to get you closer to catching this stuff…

“It’s just as plain as it can be.”

 

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Trump’s Lawyer Blasts Russia Probe As ‘Most Corrupt’ Ever

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York attends “Free Iran 2018 – the Alternative” event organized by exiled Iranian opposition group on June 30, 2018 in Villepinte, north of Paris.
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A lawyer for US President Donald Trump on Sunday sharpened his attacks on the special counsel inquiry into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia, calling it “the most corrupt investigation that I’ve ever seen.”

That charge by lawyer Rudy Giuliani came a day after Trump himself launched a fresh attack on the investigation, assailing it in successive Twitter messages as a “Rigged Witch Hunt” and a “Democrat Con Job!”

The investigation, headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller, has widely been expected to wind up in the next few months — possibly after a Mueller interview with Trump — but Giuliani said such a meeting now seemed increasingly unlikely.

Earlier this year Giuliani had said a meeting could take place in weeks; he then extended that time frame. Asked Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” whether he has now determined there would be no interview, he said, “We have not (but) we’re close to determining that.”

Trump and his advisers have hammered at the notion that several members of Mueller’s team are affiliated with the Democratic Party and cannot be objective.

Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, was asked on ABC whether Trump’s repeated attacks on Mueller and his team did not make it “seem as though he has something to hide.”

‘Lamb to the slaughter’ 

In reply, Giuliani asked the interviewer “how you can expect us to just walk up our client like a lamb to the slaughter.”

He also confirmed the gist of a New York Times article that said Trump’s side had added new conditions for any interview with Mueller. Giuliani told ABC that investigators must first show a “factual basis for the investigation.”

“We’ve been through everything on collusion and obstruction,” he said. “We can’t find an incriminating anything.”

Giuliani also said he did not believe Trump knew, beforehand or afterward, about a controversial meeting involving his son Donald Jr., some advisers and a Russian lawyer offering “dirt” on his election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

“I was probably there that day,” he said a bit cryptically, adding, “I don’t remember it.”

As a former New York mayor, Giuliani has known Trump for years and was reportedly considered as a possible attorney general.

Now 74, he joined the president’s legal team in April and has taken a lead in the push to bring the investigation to a quick close.

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Trump Lawyer Attacks Inquiry, Admits Bid To Shape Opinion

FILE PHOTO Trump’s Lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, addresses delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Robyn BECK / AFP

 

A top lawyer for Donald Trump on Sunday resumed the president’s all-out attack on the investigation into possible collusion with Russia as being “illegitimate,” while acknowledging a concerted effort to turn public opinion against the probe.

The comments from former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani came as Trump lashed out again at what he called “the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt.”

For months, Trump has attacked the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller as politically motivated and without foundation.

His latest line of attack, which Giuliani emphasized, was the assertion that a confidential FBI informant, who met with some Trump campaign advisers in 2016 while the bureau was investigating their possible Russia contacts, was a “spy” intent on subverting the Trump campaign.

Those meetings took place during the Obama administration.

Asked on “Fox News Sunday” what was wrong with the FBI “trying to figure out what Russia was up to,” Giuliani replied: “Nothing wrong with the government doing that. Everything wrong with the government spying on a candidate of the opposition party.”

“That’s a Watergate, spygate.”

 ‘The FBI’s job’ 

“I’m not saying Mueller is illegitimate,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m saying the basis on which he was appointed was illegitimate.”

Democrats have pushed back hard at the attacks on the Mueller inquiry, which began several months after the informant’s involvement. They said it had already produced real results.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, tweeted: “I hate repeating myself Mr. President, but let me remind you again: Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation has either indicted or secured guilty pleas from 19 people and three companies — that we know of.”

And a Republican senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, told CBS that while spying on a political campaign would be wrong, “if there are people operating in this country trying to influence American politics on behalf of a foreign power, it is the FBI’s job to investigate.”

But what Democrats describe as a blunt and concerted effort by the president to delegitimize the Mueller inquiry may be having an effect, to judge by recent polls.

A Monmouth University poll released early this month said the number of Americans who favor Mueller’s probe continuing had dropped from 60 percent in March to 54 percent.

Other polls show many Americans are unaware of the indictments and guilty pleas secured by Mueller’s team.

Giuliani effectively admitted that the frequent attacks on the probe were designed to influence public opinion and take the air out of any push for impeachment.

 ‘It’s for public opinion’ 

“Of course we have to do it,” he said on CNN.

“It’s for public opinion,” he added. “Because eventually the decision here is going to be impeach or not impeach… And so our jury — and it should be — is the American people.”

Giuliani on Sunday said Trump was “adamant” about wanting to sit down with Mueller to answer questions. But, he added, “that depends on how comfortable we are with them having an open mind.”

The timing of any such interview was being heavily influenced by the possible Trump summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he said.

Giuliani also said Trump had no intention of firing people to force an end to the Mueller inquiry. That, he said, would draw comparisons to President Richard Nixon’s handling of the Watergate scandal.

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Russia Election Meddling Probe May End In September

Giuliani, a lawyer to US President Donald Trump, says the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign will end by September 1. 
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Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign could end by September 1.

Giuliani said the office of Robert Mueller — the special counsel who is leading the investigation — plans to end the investigation by then and had shared the timeline some two weeks ago, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Fox News quoted Giuliani as saying that Mueller told Trump’s legal team the investigation could be over by September 1, although the timeline was contingent upon the special counsel interviewing the president by mid-July.

Giuliani said he wants the investigation over by that time so it does not affect Republicans’ chances in congressional mid-term elections in November, Fox reported.

“You don’t want another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you don’t know how it affected the election,” Giuliani told the Times.

Former FBI director James Comey — fired by Trump last year — announced that the bureau would reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server just 11 days before the 2016 presidential vote, a move that may have helped cost her the election.

Trump, who has repeatedly described the investigation as a “witch hunt,” views it as a stain on his presidency and wants it over.

His former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his first national security advisor Michael Flynn and an assortment of campaign aides have all been caught in Mueller’s investigation, variously pleading guilty, cutting a plea deal or fighting the case in court.

But a year after the probe began, the big questions remain unanswered: Did Trump’s campaign collude with the Kremlin to skew the 2016 election? What did the president know and when did he know it? Did he obstruct justice? Can a sitting president be indicted?

AFP