CNN’s senior legal analyst Elie Honig (R) breaks the raid on Rudy Giuliani for Law&Crime’s podcast”Objections: With Adam Klasfeld.”
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The afternoon that police executed a search warrant in his Manhattan apartment, Rudy Giuliani appeared uncharacteristically silent regarding the development, however the sometime Donald Trump attorney and former New York City mayor soon broke that silence in written and televised broadsides from prosecutors.
“Rudy would know as well as anybody the very first item of information that any criminal defendant, defendant, matter of a search warrant ought to take or get is’Shut up,'” CNN’s senior legal analyst Elie Honig advised Law&Crime. “Rudy: Perhaps not the shutting up form.”
A former Assistant U.S. Attorney inside the Southern District of New York, Honig worked as a prosecutor in the identical national jurisdiction that seemingly has Giuliani in its crosshairs.
In the latest episode of Law&Crime’s podcast”Objections: With Adam Klasfeld,” Honig charts Giuliani’s trajectory from chief to documented target of this U.S. Attorney’s Office for SDNY, affectionately known as the”Sovereign District” for the history of liberty.
Southern District alumni such as Honig take pride in prosecutors’ custom there of not taking cues from Main Justice from Washington, D.C., that reportedly tried to obstruct the search warrant during the Trump administration.
Honig noted the time of its execution was less than perfect for both President Joe Biden, too.
“There’s reporting he was or that the White House not Biden himself was angry that DOJ really did Rudy raid […] the exact identical afternoon as Biden’s big speech to Congress and it knocked, speech right off the front lines and also a block of cable news, since it was so spectacular and unexpected,” Honig said.
Despite Giuliani’s coming claims of politics in play, Biden said he was not informed that the search warrant would be implemented on the heels of last week’s speech to the joint session of Congress.
The execution of this search warrant against Giuliani suggests that national prosecutors persuaded a judge that there’s probable cause to believe his electronic devices may reveal evidence of a breach. According to the Wall Street Journal, Giuliani and his attorney Robert Costello have thought about the possibility of filing a suit to challenge the seizure of their documents, mentioning attorney-client privilege.
In case Giuliani does, the maneuver could spark an identical legal play to the type the world saw a bit more a year ago with Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen, who told CNN shortly after the raid he believed Giuliani would flip on Trump”in a heartbeat.”
The author of a soon-to-be-released publication on Barr titled”Hatchet Man,” Honig asserts the ex-attorney general was”perhaps the most corrupt Attorney General we’d had.”
“But what do I mean by that? He, quantity one, employed the DOJ to secure his own allies, Donald Trump’s allies,” Honig mentioned. “There’s a history of this. It is not like I am making this up, right? I would suggest, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, the interventions in both of those cases were absolutely unprecedented.”
Less remembered, Honig mentioned, was Barr’s refusal to open an investigation on Trump’s Ukraine scandal, which formed the basis of their 45th president’s first impeachment.
“What you will need to open an investigation is that which we call predication, and it actually only means some nugget, some kernel of data in good faith which it is possible to go on,” Honig notes. “They had predication, and then a number, to open an investigation and Bill Barr’s position throughout was’No, we’re not even going to take a look. We’re not even gonna take a look.'”
According to reports, federal prosecutors are investigating if Giuliani illegally studies the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs who have been helping his efforts to create political dirt from the Bidens. That campaign also figures prominently in the indictment of Giuliani’s former associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
Listen to Honig’s investigation about how those situations intersect and what directions the Giuliani investigation may choose on the podcast below.
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