Giuliani allies want Trump to dip into $250M fund to help ex-lawyer

Rudy Giuliani’s advisers are pushing former President Donald Trump’s aides to dip into his $250 million election defense fund to pay his ex-lawyer who’s now under federal investigation.  

The New York Times reported Tuesday on the pressure campaign, on the heels of the FBI searching Giuliani’s home and office space last week. 

The newspaper also reported that Giuliani allies are disappointed the Trump lawyer didn’t receive a pre-emptive pardon from the now former president, despite knowledge of a probe into Giuliani’s Ukrainian dealings. 

Allies of Rudy Giuliani (pictured) want former President Donald Trump to dip into this $250 million election defense fund to pay Giuliani, who’s under federal investigation

Federal agents raided Rudy Giuliani's home and office in New York City last week as part of their investigation into his dealings with Ukraine

Federal agents raided Rudy Giuliani’s home and office in New York City last week as part of their investigation into his dealings with Ukraine

Trump amassed a whopping $250 million war chest, raising money from supporters as he contested the 2020 election result

Trump amassed a whopping $250 million war chest, raising money from supporters as he contested the 2020 election result

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who led Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election result, needs payment for that work as he’s hired lawyers for himself to work on his defense in the federal case. 

Giuliani is under investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act. 

Last week, his Manhattan home and office were raided and his electronic equipment seized, as part of the investigation into whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs. 

The investigation was prompted by a case against two Soviet-born men who assisted Giuliani in attempts to dig up incriminating information in Ukraine against Hunter Biden, who was on the board of an energy company there.    

During the late stages of campaigning in the 2020 election, photos that appeared to show Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia, along with documents and emails, were released to The New York Post by Giuliani.

The authenticity of the information and how Giuliani came to obtain it were immediately called into question and he claimed that the media has been targeting him ever since.

‘This is totally done because they want to destroy my credibility because I have that entire hard drive,’ he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night. 

Giuliani has additional legal woes as he’s being sued by voting machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic over false claims he made about the devices flipping votes from Trump to now President Joe Biden. 

The Times reported that while Giuliani spearheaded Trump’s effort to overturn election results in swing states, he was never paid for his work. 

‘I want to know what the GOP did with the quarter of $1 billion that they collected for the election legal fight,’ tweeted Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner on Sunday. 

Kerik had been appointed to his post by Giuliani. 

In a tweet Tuesday, Kerik followed up by saying that he ‘AGREED!’ that Giuliani ‘did more for the president than all of them combined,’ aiming his comments at the Republican National Committee and its chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel. 

‘The day after the election, they walked and never looked back. They abandoned Trump, Giuliani and the people of Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia,’ Kerik argued. 

The Times reported that Kerik made similar complaints behind closed doors, suggesting that Giuliani should get some of the money raised. 

The paper previously reported that Trump recoiled at the $20,000 a day fee an assistant to Giuliani asked that the ex-mayor be paid for his election-related efforts. 

Trump did reimburse Giuliani for more than $200,000 in expenses, the story said. 

Giuliani’s son Andrew, who worked for the Trump White House, told ABC News that he believed his dad should be compensated.

‘I think all those Americans that donated after November 3, they were donating for the legal defense fund. My father ran the legal team at that point. So I think it’s very easy to make a very strong case for the fact that he and all the lawyers that worked on there should be indemnified,’ the younger Giuliani said. 

‘I would find it highly irregular if the president’s lead counsel did not get indemnified,’ he added.          

Rudy Giuliani: I am being ‘persecuted’ for exposing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop 

Rudy Giuliani: I am being ‘persecuted’ for exposing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop

  • Giuliani has accused the media of trying to ‘destroy his credibility’ since he released contents of the laptop to a newspaper
  • In an interview on Monday, the former NYC mayor said the media has long tried to falsely link him to Russia
  • The comments came as Giuliani is under an FBI investigation, which saw his home and office raided last week 

Rudy Giuliani has claimed that he has been ‘persecuted’ by the media since uncovering a hard drive allegedly belonging to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.  

The former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer told Fox News‘ Hannity program on Monday that the media has been trying to ‘destroy his credibility’ since he released material allegedly from the laptop to a pro-Republican newspaper ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Giuliani is under investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). He denies this.

Last week, his Manhattan home and office were raided and his electronics seized, as part of the investigation into whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.

Rudy Giuliani (left) has claimed that he has been ‘persecuted’ by the media since uncovering a hard drive allegedly belonging to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter. The former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer told Fox News Sean Hannity (right) on Monday that the media has been trying to ‘destroy his credibility’ since he released material allegedly from the laptop to a pro-Republican newspaper ahead of the 2020 presidential election

The investigation was prompted by a case against two Soviet-born men who assisted Giuliani in attempts to dig up incriminating information in Ukraine against Hunter Biden, who was on the board of an energy company there.    

During the late stages of campaigning in the 2020 election, photos that appeared to show Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia, along with documents and emails, were released to The New York Post by Giuliani.

The authenticity of the information and how Giuliani came to obtain it were immediately called into question and he claimed that the media has been targeting him ever since.

‘This is totally done because they want to destroy my credibility because I have that entire hard drive,’ he said.

‘I put it out to the New York Post and since then they have been persecuting me. They’ve been threatening me, they’ve done everything they can to destroy every business relationship I have. They have put out all kinds of false stories,’ he told Hannity.

‘If they’re lying about that, isn’t it obvious they’re lying about everything else?’ 

Among these ‘lies’, according to Giuliani, is what he described as attempts by the media over years to falsely connect him with Russia.

This week, The Washington Post and New York Times corrected a key claim in their coverage of Giuliani’s arrest, which asserted that the had received an FBI briefing warning him he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Both papers had claimed the former New York City Mayor was briefed by FBI agents that he was being used by Russia to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election.    

‘I’m probably the biggest anti-Communist you’ve ever met,’ he told Fox. ‘There’s no way that I’m a Russian agent or anybody else’s agent.

During the interview, Giuliani also claimed that the FBI had Trump in their sights, saying the body had obtained a covert warrant to search his iCloud from May 1, 2018 to November 4, 2019

During the interview, Giuliani also claimed that the FBI had Trump in their sights, saying the body had obtained a covert warrant to search his iCloud from May 1, 2018 to November 4, 2019

‘I was a lawyer who was representing a client who was innocent. The biggest burden a lawyer can have is to represent an innocent man and I did it damn well,’ Giuliani said, referring to his role as former President Donald Trump’s lawyer.

During the interview, Giuliani also claimed that the FBI had Trump in their sights, saying the body had obtained a covert warrant to search his iCloud from May 1, 2018 to November 4, 2019.  

May 1 was the date Giuliani began representing Trump in an investigation into potential collusion with Russia.  

‘You can’t say that their main interest wasn’t Donald Trump,’ Giuliani told Fox. 

‘The day that I begin representing him is the day they go invade my iCloud. So try telling somebody that it wasn’t to get the material on Donald Trump.’ 

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‘We kicked him out months ago’: Four Seasons Total Landscaping mocks Rudy Guiliani over FBI raid 

The internet was set ablaze with news that federal agents had raided Rudy Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment – but one tweet in particular was crowned ‘winner of the internet’ on Wednesday. 

Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia earned that unofficial title for its tweet mocking former Donald Trump lawyer Giuliani after his home and office were raided by Department of Justice investigators.   

Soon after news of the Giuliani raid broke, the company tweeted a photoshopped image of FBI agents leaving their yard with the caption: ‘Wrong apartment. We kicked him out months ago.’ 

The tweet had quickly 5000 retweets and 20,000 ‘likes’, and drew fawning praise.

Conservative lawyer George Conway, a prominent critic of Trump’s who is also married to his former counselor Kellyanne Conway, joined in the fun, tweeting: ‘I sense a great deal of schadenfrudy on this site.’

The Department of Justice executed a search warrant Wednesday on Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office, stepping up their investigation of his dealings in the Ukraine.

The probe centers on whether Giuliani acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs. 

Four Seasons Total Landscaping, the site of a bizarre Rudy Giuliani press conference in the fall, posted a tweet Wednesday that mocked the raid of his home and office

Rudy Giuliani and the Trump campaign staged their event about the alleged voter fraud outside the company in November

Rudy Giuliani and the Trump campaign staged their event about the alleged voter fraud outside the company in November

Police exit Rudy Giuliani's home on 66th Street in Manhattan on Wednesday

Police exit Rudy Giuliani’s home on 66th Street in Manhattan on Wednesday

Four Seasons Total Landscaping was unexpectedly thrust into the nation’s consciousness last year.  

Days after the 2020 presidential election, and with the result hanging in the balance, Trump announced there would be a ‘big press conference’ at the ‘Four Seasons’ on Saturday morning.

However, this was soon corrected, with the hotel itself tweeting: ‘To clarify, President Trump’s press conference will NOT be held at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.

‘It will be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping — no relation with the hotel.’

Four Seasons Total Landscaping is situated in an industrial part of Philadelphia next to Delaware Valley Cremation Center and Fantasy Island Adult Books, where owners host ‘Dildo Madness’ sales throughout the year. 

Giuliani turned up, along with a large contingent of media, and the location was pointed out for being an unlikely place to fight an election result. 

Since last year’s press conference, Four Seasons Total Landscaping has capitalized on its sudden internet fame, regularly trolling politicians on Twitter.

After posting the tweet making fun of Giuliani, Twitter users praised Total Landscaping’s sense of humor.

‘It’s obvious Four Seasons Total Landscaping is great at providing shade from more than just trees,’ a user called @bookworm474 posted. 

Ray McKigney said: ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping – the hero we never saw coming’. 

‘Rumor has it Rudy Giuliani still haunts the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping to this day, yelling at the sky,’ @outofcontroljb wrote. 

‘Todays winner of the internet’, Someone called @PappyUnhappy wrote. 

'It's obvious Four Seasons Total Landscaping is great at providing shade from more than just trees,' a user called @bookworm474 posted

‘It’s obvious Four Seasons Total Landscaping is great at providing shade from more than just trees,’ a user called @bookworm474 posted

'Rumor has it Rudy Giuliani still haunts the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping to this day, yelling at the sky,' @outofcontroljb wrote

‘Rumor has it Rudy Giuliani still haunts the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping to this day, yelling at the sky,’ @outofcontroljb wrote

Ray McKigney said: 'Four Seasons Total Landscaping - the hero we never saw coming'

Ray McKigney said: ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping – the hero we never saw coming’

'Todays winner of the internet', Someone called @PappyUnhappy wrote

‘Todays winner of the internet’, Someone called @PappyUnhappy wrote

Trump's former personal attorney also got in on the action, tweeting: 'Here we go folks'

Trump’s former personal attorney also got in on the action, tweeting: ‘Here we go folks’

The company has also sold merchandise, including a ‘Lawn & Order’ mask that plays on the president’s frequently used phrase ‘law and order’ for $10.

It is also selling ‘Make America Rake Again’ stickers for $5.

And it’s not the only one who’s been cashing in.    

The Philadelphia company announced on its Facebook Sunday that they were selling the masks and other store paraphernalia

The Philadelphia company announced on its Facebook Sunday that they were selling the masks and other store paraphernalia

Media gathers outside Giuliani's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Wednesday after federal agents raided it

Media gathers outside Giuliani’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Wednesday after federal agents raided it

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani addresses the media outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping last year

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani addresses the media outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping last year

The raid on Wednesday indicates the investigation of the former New York City mayor has entered an aggressive new phase. It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, particularly one who has privileged conversations with his client, the former president of the United States.

To obtain the search warrant, investigators would have needed to convince a judge they had sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and the search would turn up evidence of that. It does not indicate guilt.

Investigators executed warrants at Giuliani’s home on Madison Avenue and his office on Park Avenue and seized electronic devices, a person familiar with the investigation told the AP.

Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, called the searches unnecessary and said Giuliani had offered to answer questions from prosecutors, except those regarding his privileged communications with Trump.

‘What they did today was legal thuggery,’ Costello told The New York Times . ‘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.’

The United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the FBI had wanted to execute the warrant on Giuliani’s Upper East Side pad for months but had been stymied by the political leadership put in place at the Justice Department by President Trump.

The warrant was originally sought last summer but top officials at DOJ raised concerns about issuing a warrant so close to an election.

DOJ rules prevent actions close to an election that might be seen as interference – a matter that came up both in 2016 during the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails and in 2020 during the investigation, not publicly revealed, into Hunter Biden over potential tax issues.

But after Merrick Garland was confirmed as President Biden’s attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search.

Biden vowed to have an independent Justice Department and said he would not interfere in its work.

‘Here we go folks,’ tweeted Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who was also subject of a federal raid and would eventually plead guilty to eight federal counts, including violating campaign finance law.

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election.   

DOJ executes a search warrant Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment

Rudy raided! DOJ searches Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and ‘seizes electronic devices’ over his dealings with Ukraine while he was Trump’s lawyer

  • Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment 
  • Giuliani’s phone seized during the raid
  • Feds are looking into Giuliani’s work lobbying for Ukraine while he was Donald Trump’s personal attorney
  • Giuliani also was working with Ukrainian officials to get political dirt on Bidens 

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment, stepping up their investigation of his dealings in the Ukraine.

Giuliani’s electronic devices were seized in the raid, The New York Times reported, citing information from the investigators. 

The investigation centers on whether Giuliani, who was Donald Trump’s personal attorney, lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs – the same group of people who were helping Giuliani search for dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of Ukrainian gas company, during the 2020 election.

The move indicates the investigation of the former New York City mayor has entered an aggressive new phase.   

To obtain the search warrant, investigators would need to convince a judge they had sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and the search would turn up evidence of that.

It does not mean an indication of guilt.  

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment

Rudy Giuliani's apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

Rudy Giuliani’s apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

The United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the FBI had wanted to execute the warrant on Giuliani’s Upper East Side pad for months but had been stymied by the political leadership put in place at the Justice Department by President Trump. 

But after Merrick Garland was confirmed as President Biden’s attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search. 

Biden vowed to have an independent Justice Department and said he would not interfere in its work. 

‘Here we go folks,’ tweeted Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who was also subject of a federal raid.

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election.

The two Soviet-born men were charged with federal campaign finance violations.

The two, who have pleaded not guilty, were arrested at an airport outside Washington carrying one-way tickets to Europe. 

Pictured: Lev Parnas

Pictured: Igor Fruman

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election and were charged with violating the ban on political donations by foreign nationals in October 2019

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani's role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump's first impeachment trial

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani’s role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump’s first impeachment trial 

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani’s role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump’s first impeachment trial.

As Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation of the Bidens, he was pushed to have Yovanovitch removed, seeing her as an obstacle to his efforts.

At Giuliani’s urging, Trump had her recalled.  

Prosecutors are examining whether Giuliani was working not only for Trump, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who wanted Yovanovitch dismissed for their own reasons, The Times reported. 

Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, it is a federal crime to try to influence or lobby the US government at the request or direction of a foreign official without disclosing it to the Justice Department. 

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