Giuliani announced Thursday night that the search warrant executed by FBI agents early Wednesday says that he failed to file with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for representing a Ukrainian national or office.
“I never represented a Ukrainian national or official before the United States government. I’ve declined it several times. I’ve had contracts in countries like Ukraine. In the contract is a clause that says I will not engage in lobbying or foreign representation. I don’t do it because I felt it would be too compromising,” Giuliani, who was former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, announced through an appearance on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Not registering with the DOJ would violate the Foreign Agent Registration Act.
Giuliani used to represent Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian subject who was later filled with campaign finance violations.
FBI agents entered Giuliani’s home in New York City and seized various devices, among them laptop computers.
The FBI and Department of Justice have not returned a request for comment. Officials typically do not discuss continuous investigations.
Giuliani announced he has offered to give materials to the government for two years yet has been denied.
According to Giuliani’s attorney, Bob Costello, the former mayor informed federal investigators beforehand that he would sit down with them and show that his “conduct was lawful.”
Giuliani continued that the agents were “very professional and very gentlemanly” but scrutinized them for not taking hard drives he stated were from a laptop that used to belong to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
“At the end of the search, when they had taken about, I would say, seven or eight electronic items of mine … they weren’t taking the three hard drives, which of course, are electronic devices. They just mimic the computer. I said, ‘Well, don’t you want these?’ And they said, ‘What are they? I said, ‘Those are Hunter Biden’s hard drives. And they said ‘no, no, no,'” Giuliani said.
“I said, ‘Are you sure you don’t want them? I mean the warrant required them to take it,'” he continued, describing the agents as failing in their jobs by relying on his word regarding the drives and for not taking them.
The proof that was taken by agents “is exculpatory” and will prove Trump and Giuliani “are innocent,” according to the attorney, who accused the Biden administration of making up an accusation against him while ignoring violations of the Foreign Agent Registration Act by the president’s son.
Hunter Biden is under investigation by federal authorities. It’s not clear what he’s been accused of, though he has announced the probe deals with tax matters.