FBI Raid on Rudy Giuliani Took POTUS by Surprise
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he had no idea that federal agencies were planning on raiding the New York City home of Rudy Giuliani. On Wednesday, agents descended upon Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment and confiscated his electronic devices as part of an ongoing investigation into Giuliani’s clandestine business dealings in Ukraine.
“I give you my word, I was not,” Biden replied when asked during an interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin at the White House if he had foreknowledge of the bust.
“I made a pledge. I would not interfere in any way, order or try to stop any investigation the Justice Department had in their way,” Biden told Melvin, referring to a campaign promise to respect the independence of the judiciary. “I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned about it. My word. I had no idea this was underway.”
Biden said that he is “not asking to be briefed” on any investigations at DOJ, adding that former President Donald Trump “politicized the Justice Department so badly, so many of them quit, so many left.”
Meddling in the affairs of the Justice Department is “not the role of the president to say who should be prosecuted, when they should be prosecuted, who should not be prosecuted,” the president continued. “That’s not the role of the president. The Justice Department is the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer.”
Trump, unsurprisingly, bemoaned the actions against his former attorney as “like, really unfair” in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.
“I don’t know what they’re looking for, what they’re doing,” the Florida senior said. “They say it had to do with filings of various papers, lobbying filings.”
Actually, it was the lack thereof. Giuliani is believed to have been lobbying on behalf of Ukranian interests without having filed the proper paperwork. Some high-profile politicos have accused him of treason.
Biden’s interview will air this Friday on NBC’s The Today Show.