“I don’t know what they’re looking for, what they’re doing. They say it has to do with filing various papers, lobbying filings, ”Trump said, going on to allege – without providing any evidence – illegal foreign lobbying by President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“It’s a very, very unfair situation,” Trump said. “You have to understand Rudy. Rudy loves this country so much. It is so terrible when you see the things that are happening in our country, with the corruption and the problems. And then they attack Rudy Giuliani. It’s very sad, actually.
Giuliani’s pressure on Ukrainian officials to announce investigations into unfounded accusations of wrongdoing by then-candidate Biden and his family ahead of the 2020 election played a crucial role in the first impeachment of Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Giuliani then led the election legal challenges of the Trump campaign, echoing the president’s claims that the White House race was stolen during a national tour of the 2020 battlefields and state legislatures.
These appearances by Giuliani memorably included a press conference outside a Philadelphia landscaping company adjacent to an adult bookstore and crematorium, as well as remarks at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, where what appeared to be being dark hair dye ran down her face. .
Giuliani also addressed the rally outside the White House on January 6 that preceded the attack on Capitol Hill by pro-Trump rioters. In his speech to the crowd, Giuliani advocated the “trial by fight” to plead Trump’s false election claims – remarks that exposed him to further legal scrutiny for potentially helping incite an insurgency.
In addition to Giuliani’s home and office, FBI agents also seized the cell phone of Victoria Toensing, another lawyer on Wednesday who has ties to Ukrainians and remains close to Giuliani and Trump. Together, the Justice Department’s actions against Giuliani and Toensing represented unusually aggressive law enforcement tactics against lawyers and an extraordinary violation of a former president’s inner circle.