Federal investigators raided the home of Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, Wednesday, seizing cell phones and computers but not Hunter Biden’s hard drive.
The raid was reportedly connected to an investigation into whether Giuliani, who served as President Trump’s personal lawyer, illegally lobbied on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs when he went to dig up dirt on the Bidens.
Giuliani, once known as America’s Mayor, has now been relegated to receiving the kind of treatment typically suffered with political dissidents behind Eastern Europe’s Iron Curtain during the 20th century.
Agents executed search warrants around 6 a.m. at his apartment and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan, taking away troves of electronic devices.
In a statement released by his lawyer, Giuliani denied rumors and argued the search warrants demonstrated a “corrupt double standard” by the Justice Department, which he said ignored “blatant crimes” by team-left.
The probe grew out of the pending prosecution of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two business associates who supposedly helped introduce Giuliani to Ukranian officials, and who are awaiting trials on unrelated campaign-finance charges, according to the New York Times.
The statement said the FBI “steadfastly declined” to take Hunter Biden’s hard drives when he “offered them on several occasions,” blaming the investigation on “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
“Keep in mind the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani’s word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani,” the statement added. “It is outrageous that the Trump Derangement Syndrome has gone so far that hatred has driven this unjustified and unethical attack on the United States Attorney and Mayor who did more to reduce crime than virtually any other in American history.