President Biden is denying being given a heads-up of any advance knowledge that former New York City Mayor and lawyer of former President Trump, Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office were set to be raided in the early morning hours Wednesday, claiming that he pledged to stay away from interfering in any Justice Department probes.
“Federal investigators searched the home and the office of Rudy Giuliani as part of an investigation into his time as President Trump’s attorney, his dealings with Ukraine. Were you aware of that raid before it happened?” MSNBC’s Craig Melvin in an interview preview that aired Thursday.
“I give you my word I was not,” Biden replied. “I made a pledge — I would not interfere in any way, order or try to stop, any investigation the Justice Department had underway. I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned about it. My word. I had no idea this was underway.”
“Have you been briefed on any other investigations involving?” Melvin pressed on.
“No, and I’m not asking to be briefed,” Biden responded, then repeated stated, “I’m not asking to briefed.”
Biden added, “That’s the Justice Department’s independent judgment. This last administration politicized the department so badly that many of them quit, so many left. That’s not the role of the president to say who should be prosecuted when they should be prosecuted, who should be not prosecuted. The Justice Department is the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer.”
The FBI executed a search warrant in the early Wednesday morning hours, raiding Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment and his law office, advancing the long-running investigative actions into the former New York City Mayor’s dealings in Ukraine under now Biden’s Justice Department.
Giuliani’s inquiry in the events in Ukraine led to Democrat’s outrage in triggering Trump’s first impeachment. Ukrainian officials reportedly helped Giuliani dig up information on Biden’s son Hunter Biden over his reported $50,000-per-month job on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father led the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
The former NYC mayor would later play a pivotal role in publicizing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop the final month of the 2020 election, including documents that appear to linked Biden’s role into his son’s business relationships in China and Ukraine.
Trump, in an interview with Fox Business Thursday morning, called Giuliani a “great patriot” and decried the raid as “so unfair.”
Biden made the comments during an interview with the Today Show that will air in full on Friday morning, an interview that went approximately was about 30 minutes, according to Melvin.