(USA Features) Critics of the FBI’s recent raid of Rudy Guiliani, once President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, said that it seems overtly political in nature given that he’s just th latest ally of the former president to be targeted by federal authorities.
Democracy Institute’s Patrick Basham said that the raid, which focused on confiscating nearly all of Giuliani’s electronic devices, smacks of political payback.
“From the outside, it appears crystal clear that this is a political retaliation against Giuliani and against Trump and the Trump inner circle, more broadly defined,” he told NTD, a newswire subsidiary of The Epoch Times.
He went on to say that in recent years, the FBI and Justice Department appear to have become overtly political in targeting Trump and his inner circle.
What has happened with the FBI clearly over the past several years—at a minimum—is that the FBI has been weaponized for political purposes. In recent years, that has been primarily against Trump and those surrounding him,” Basham told NTD.
Giuliani has reportedly been suspected of illegally lobbying the former president on behalf of Ukrainian oligarchs, which he and his attorney have denied.
“What the FBI is trying to do here is not I think so much get Rudy Giuliani, but get compromising information if it exists on Donald Trump and others in Trump’s inner circle, and most importantly, to scare off, to warn off anyone connected with Donald Trump … so that they steer clear of him and they do not do or say anything in public to support the president,” Basham suggested.
Earlier, Giuliani said he was in contact with the FBI and Justice Department months ago and offered to turn over any electronic devices and information they sought.
“I could have destroyed the evidence, but I didn’t destroy the evidence because the evidence is exculpatory. It proves the president and I and all of us are innocent. They are the ones who are committing — it’s like projection — they’re committing the crimes,” he said.
He added that the DoJ also “spied” on him.
“The prosecutors, the Justice Department, spied on me, and if that is not taken seriously, if that doesn’t result in their being sanctioned, the case being dismissed, and it stopping, this is no longer a free country,” he added.
Famed Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has agreed to help defend Giuliani. He also suggested the raid was political.
“In banana republics, in Castro’s Cuba, in many parts of the world, when a candidate loses for president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his friends,” Dershowitz said on Sunday in an interview with “The Cats Roundtable” radio show, hosted by John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM.
“That didn’t happen in America. That’s happening in America now. They’re going after Rudy Giuliani … Who knows who’s going to be next?” Dershowitz added.