The FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida is a “sad night for America,” according to Trump’s longtime friend and former attorney Rudy Giuliani.
On Monday, the FBI broke into a safe in Trump’s palatial home and reportedly searched for classified documents he allegedly brought with him from the White House to Mar-a-Lago after his presidency ended — which, if true, could be a violation of federal law.
Appearing on WABC Radio’s “The Rita Cosby Show” Monday night, the former New York City Mayor slammed the raid as “phony” and said it “goes way beyond politics.”
“It’s a very, very sad night for America, and for me personally, who has spent many years of my life in the justice department at the lowest and the highest levels and worked very closely with the FBI to put some of the worst criminals of the 20th century in jail,” Giuliani told host Rita Cosby.
“I am ashamed of the leadership of the FBI and the Department of Justice, ashamed of two great institutions. They will go down in history as probably the two worst attorney general and FBI directors.”
Giuliani said the raid of Trump’s Florida home is “an absolute disgrace” and an “embarrassment as an American.”
The National Archives and Records Administration said it had found classified material in 15 boxes at the residence earlier this year and alerted the FBI. The agents executed a search warrant Monday to look for additional presidential records Trump may have relocated to his Florida estate.
“We don’t have justice in America anymore, they’ve trashed it. This is the Biden police state. A sad night for America,” Trump’s pal added.
Giuliani slammed the move as “completely political,” saying, “This is brought by an administration that is headed by a criminal, Joe Biden, who has gotten $31 million from China and the FBI doesn’t think that affects our national security.
“Or his son, whose crimes on the hard drive are so evident, you have to be a fool to miss them. And the FBI doesn’t care about that, nor does our corrupt attorney general.”
The Republican said he’s concerned the former president could get charged with a crime, adding that “everybody should be concerned.”
When asked if he thinks President Joe Biden knew of the raid ahead of time, Giuliani said, “I don’t know if he would remember if he did. I think that President Biden has dementia. If you don’t realize that, you don’t know what dementia is.
“The man is clearly functioning with much less than a full brain. He was always dumb, but now he has dementia. I’ve known him for 35 years, and he’s probably one of the dumbest people I’ve ever known.”
The raid comes as the Justice Department is examining the actions of Trump in its criminal investigation of efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. That probe is separate from the department’s investigation into his handling of classified materials.
Federal law bars the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations, though it is possible that Trump could try to argue that, as president, he was the ultimate declassification authority.