When federal agents executed a set of search warrants at Rudy Giuliani‘s flat and workplace last week, it was a significant escalation of their search into the ex-NYC mayor’s Ukraine concessions and a no good, very bad turn of events such as Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer. Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara knows it (“Giuliani is in deep trouble,” he stated on Wednesday). Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen knows it (“There’s no doubt that [Rudy is] nervous,” that he opined another day). Attorney (and Trump antagonist) George Conway knows it (“[Giuliani] is in deep shit,” he informed the Daily Beast podcast on on Monday). And, in fact, it would appear that Rudy Giuliani, who has never been accused of being entirely connected with reality, understands it too, dependent on his most recent defense.
In an interview with Fox News on Monday night, Giuliani announced that federal prosecutors”are trying to frame me.” Yes, frame him. À la Richard Kimble in The Fugitive. He added: “They are trying to find something they can make into a crime, some technical violation, some mistake I made. There is no way on earth that they could have anyone telling the truth that I was acting as a foreign agent, nor do they have any evidence that I tried to influence the government on behalf of clients.” (As part of this Giuliani probe, prosecutors reportedly have investigated whether he was working not for Donald Trump, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who desired Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch fired for their own motives. Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, it’s a federal crime to attempt to replicate or influence the U.S. government in the request or direction of a foreign official without making it known to the Justice Department. Based on The New York Times, prosecutors have scrutinized Giuliani’s connection with Yuriy Lutsenko, an official who helped aide Giuliani and his partners in their Joe and Hunter Biden dirt-digging mission while at the same time pressing them for Yovanovitch eliminated )
As for proof, as the Times mentioned last week, in order to acquire a search warrant, prosecutors would have had to convince a judge they’d”sufficient reason” to believe (1) a crime was committed, and (2) searching the assumptions would uncover evidence of said offense. Conway similarly told the Daily Beast:”The Justice Department doesn’t like to execute search warrants on lawyers, and the reason why they don’t like that is because they don’t want to get into messy disputes about attorney-client privilege. That tells you a lot here. Because even though there’s a probable cause standard for any search warrant, where you have to show that there was probable cause that a crime was committed and that there’s a basis to believe that the executing the search warrant will provide evidence of that crime, in this case, they had to do much, much more than that.”
Elsewhere in the meeting with Sean Hannity, Giuliani claimed that there is not any way he could be a”Russian agent” because he’s super anti-communist. (It is in no way clear whether Giuliani understands Russia is not a communist country, or that it’s not 1989.)
He also insisted that the Feds raided his home and apartment in a bid to embarrass him due to his association with Trump, as opposed to the fact that they believe he’s broken some quite severe laws. And he trotted out the argument which his sonAndrew, offered last week, which is that people of his stature ought to be given a free pass engaging in alleged criminal activity. “Usually a person who has been a former assistant U.S. attorney, a U.S. attorney, a mayor, the associate attorney general, usually they receive a subpoena–not have their home raided,” he said. “The only lawyers they raid are lawyers for Donald Trump. I can’t think of another lawyer that has been raided other than lawyers for Trump.”
Finally, he claimed that the government is trying to down him because he’s boatloads of evidence which Hunter Biden perpetrated a lot of crimes in Ukraine, along with also the Biden administration wants to hurt his credibility, as though the hair dye fiasco, Borat movie, Four Seasons Total Landscaping, cousin f–king, butt-dialing, also general existence over the previous decade hadn’t gotten the job done.
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