Fox News host Sean Hannity has attacked the Department of Justice over its raids of Rudy Giuliani's home and office, arguing that they may have been politically motivated.
Hannity addressed the issue on his show on Monday night, five days after federal agents targeted Giuliani with predawn raids in Manhattan last week as part of a DOJ investigation into whether the former mayor acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.
Hannity asserted that the DOJ overstepped given that the crime Giuliani is accused of - violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) - wouldn't usually be handled in that manner.
'To give you some reference, most FARA violations involve an American not registering foreign work appropriately with the US federal government. In other words, not filling out the proper paperwork,' he said.
'By the way, most violations are resolved with something called a fine. Not your home raided, predawn raids at 6am.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Fox News host Sean Hannity attacked the Department of Justice over its raids of Rudy Giuliani's home and office on Monday, arguing that they may have been politically motivated
Giuliani spoke to Fox News earlier on Monday and said federal agents are trying to frame him
Federal agents raided Giuliani's home and office in New York City last week as part of their investigation into his work into the Ukraine
Hannity said that Giuliani had offered to cooperate with investigators, but they didn't come to the table.
'Instead, they decided for a predawn raid of his office in his home,' he said. 'The only thing that we're missing, like in the case of Roger Stone, CNN cameras weren't tipped off. Wow, what a change of pace.
'Now we're going to continue to ask an obvious and very important question, is Rudy Giuliani's FARA investigation, does it have political motives?
'And if it does, we all need to have equal justice, application of our laws. And that raises the question about zero experience, Hunter Biden. Is he going to be held accountable for anything? Did he violate any FARA laws in any way? We need an investigation.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Hannity's comments came hours after Giuliani slammed the federal investigation surrounding him, claiming agents are 'trying to frame' him, that he broke no laws, and that they are only targeting lawyers who worked for Trump.
'They are trying to frame me,' Giuliani told Fox News. 'They are trying to find something they can make into a crime, some technical violation, some mistake I made.'
He described the raid as 'out of control.'
'At about 6 am, there was a banging on my door - a very loud banging, and outside there was a group of an endless number of FBI agents,' he said.
He said he was targeted because of his work for Trump. He served as the personal attorney for the former president.
'The only lawyers they raid are lawyers for Donald Trump. I can't think of another lawyer that has been raided other than lawyers for Trump,' he told Fox News. 'Trump is in a special category because he doesn't have constitutional rights.'
His comments echo those of his son and his lawyer, both of whom claimed the investigation is political and that Giuliani is being targeted because of his ties to Trump.
Giuliani did tell Fox News the warrant was part of an investigation into his work for the Ukraine but said his contracts specifically rule out foreign lobbying.
'They showed me a warrant that sought the electronics in my apartment and purported to be about an alleged violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA, for failure to file as a foreign agent on behalf of an unnamed Ukrainian official,' he said.
Giuliani said he 'never did this' and was 'shocked' because he had been offering to discuss the allegations with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
He noted he used to run that office - Giuliani first made his name prosecuting the mob - and that he didn't break any laws.
'I know the criminal law and I do not violate it,' he said.
'My contracts have clauses that I will not act as a foreign agent, and I wanted to show these things to the government so that they would stop their consistent illegal leaking of an investigation,' Giuliani said.
Giuliani spoke to Fox News last week and insisted he has done nothing wrong
Giuliani claimed he's a target because he was the personal lawyer for Donald Trump
Federal prosecutors have been looking at Giuliani and his work in the Ukraine for nearly 1-1/2 years. Last week's raid came after prosecutors stepped up their investigation into the former New York City mayor after it was put on hold last summer out of concerns it was too close to the election.
Giuliani's son Andrew accused the Department of Justice of conducting the raid for political reasons - and claims agents didn't want to take allegedly incriminating evidence involving Hunter Biden.
'Any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today, by the continued politicization,' a furious Andrew, 35, told reporters in the Upper East Side on the day of the raid.
'The only piece of evidence that they did not take up there today was the only piece of incriminating evidence that is in there — and it does not belong to my father, it belongs to the current president's son,' he added.
It's not clear what he was referring to. Giuliani claimed he obtained the materials from a laptop of Hunter Biden during the 2020 election and he also visited the Ukraine in December 2019.
But President Joe Biden said he was not given a head's up on the raid and that he learned about it at the same time as the public.
'I give you my word, I was not,' Biden said told NBC's Today Show.
'I made a pledge,' Biden continued. 'I would not interfere in any way — order or try to stop any investigation the Justice Department had in their way. I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned about it.'
President Joe Biden said he had no