Federal agents executed search warrants at the Manhattan home and office of Rudy Giuliani.
Guiliani, former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been under investigation for two years for his activities in Ukraine. Federal prosecutors are trying to figure out whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials.
Federal agents also executed a search warrant at the home of attorney Victoria Toensing, an ally of Giuliani.
“Ms. Toensing is a former federal prosecutor and senior Justice Department official. She has always conducted herself and her law practice according to the highest legal and ethical standards,” Toensing’s spokesperson said. “She would have been happy to turn over any relevant documents. All they had to do was ask. Ms.Toensing was informed that she is not a target of the investigation.”
According to the House Democrats’ 2019 impeachment report, Toensinger and her husband signed an agreement with a Ukrainian prosecutor to collect information on President Joe Biden’s activities in Ukraine while he was Vice President.
Andrew Giuliani, Giuliani’s son, stepped outside of his father’s apartment and criticized the Department of Justice. He says the continued politicization of the Justice Department is absurd.
“All I will say is this: To all Americans out there, our Justice Department should be independent of politics. Enough is enough, ladies and gentlemen,” the younger Giuliani said. “We cannot stand for this anymore.”
Cedric Richmond, a White House senior adviser, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” that the Department of Justice was acting independently from the White House.
“This President has said that he wanted the Justice Department to be completely independent. They are,” Richmond told Blitzer. “And so we don’t interfere with them, and we don’t comment on what they do. We are very mindful that the people in this country have to have full trust in the Department of Justice, and the President is not going to put his thumb on the scale or comment about any investigation, and the investigations should just take their course without political interference.”