By Jack Phillips
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s son responded Wednesday after his father’s home was searched by federal investigators earlier in the day, saying that Americans should be “extremely disturbed” by the development.
Andrew Giuliani, a conservative commentator for Newsmax, told reporters in New York City that “any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today by the continued politicization of the Justice Department.”
“If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer,” he added, “this can happen to any American.” He further suggested that the Department of Justice is not “independent of politics.”
A lawyer for former Mayor Giuliani told the Wall Street Journal and Fox News that seven FBI agents arrived at his home, remaining there for two hours. They seized several phones, laptops, and other electronic devices.
“This is totally unnecessary,” Costello told Fox News, adding the raid was carried out “make him look like he’s some sort of criminal.”
“What they did today was legal thuggery,” Costello told the WSJ, echoing comments made by Giuliani’s son. “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.”
During his news conference, the younger Giuliani invoked allegations against Hunter Biden, “The only piece of evidence that they did not take up there today was the only piece of incriminating evidence that is in there—and it does not belong to my father, it belongs to the current president’s son.” Although he didn’t specify further, he may have been referring to a laptop that had belonged to Hunter Biden before it ended up in the hands of Giuliani.
While the New York Times was the first to break the story on the search of Giuliani’s home, it’s not exactly clear what it pertains to. Two former alleged associates to Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were charged in 2019 with unrelated charges stemming from campaign finance violations. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Trump has not yet issued a statement on the matter.
However, in 2018, when the home of former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, was searched by federal agents, the former president decried the move as a “witch hunt” by the Department of Justice that sought to undermine his presidency and the legitimacy of his 2016 presidential victory.
The Epoch Times has contacted Giuliani’s office and the FBI for comment.