As you’ve heard by now, on Wednesday federal agents execute search warrants at Rudy Giuliani’s Madison Avenue apartment and Park Avenue office.
This was done as part of an investigation into the former mayor’s dealings in Ukraine, which included trying to dig up dirt on Biden and his son Joe.
According to former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, who from 2009 to 2017, ran the U.S. attorney’s office that is leading the Giuliani investigation wrote Twitter;
In an interview with New York magazine, Bharara elaborated saying that Rudy is,
“a very prominent person—not just the former lawyer to the president of the United States but also the former U.S. Attorney of the office that’s involved in the investigation,”
Bharara said that there’s a strong chance the former NYC mayor and top cop at New York’s Southern District will be charged because
“what’s likely is that there has already been substantial investigation.
They likely already have a lot of Rudy Giuliani’s communications. You don’t need to have his devices in your possession to have email records; those are obtained from third parties, and they probably have all of that. It’s anyone’s guess what the charges will be and when they will come. But in my experience, when you do something like this, that you know will have a reputational effect on the subject…
…you’re usually thinking there’s a good likelihood of a charge.“
The New York Times reported AG Bill Barr, sought to block prosecutors from obtaining the warrants, which were only granted once Biden’s AG, Merrick Garland took over the DOJ. Bharara said that,
“It’s possible the delay by Justice cost Rudy Giuliani a Trump pardon.”
During an interview yesterday Biden was asked if he was briefed about the warrants ahead of time. He told NBCNews,
“I give you my word, I was not.
I made a pledge [that] I would not interfere in any way—order or try to stop any investigation the Justice Department had in their way. I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned about it…. and I’m not asking to be briefed—that’s the Justice Department’s independent judgment…
The Justice Department is the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer.”
He is of course referring to Barr acting on behalf of Trump.
Speaking of Trump, he weighed in on the Giuliani situation on FoxNews saying,
“I don’t know what they’re looking for…”
“Fuck! I hope they didn’t find it!!”
Trump to Fox on federal agents searching Giuliani’s home and office, seizing his electronic devices:— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) April 29, 2021
“very, very unfair”
“Rudy loves this country”
“I don’t know what they’re looking for”