Former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, saw his home raided this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—the execution of a search warrant whose implementation was long delayed by Trump's Justice Department. The raid is believed to be an escalation in the years-long effort from Manhattan U.S. attorneys to investigate Giuliani's potentially illegal lobbying of Ukrainian officials on behalf of Trump.
Both Giuliani and his son, Andrew Giuliani, said the raid was the result of a politicized Justice Department that should disgust Americans across the country.
Rushing to offer a defense, Giuliani is now claiming the Justice Department hacked his iCloud—a virtual storage service—in 2019, and that the Department could soon begin targeting everyday Americans.
The DOJ in late 2019 covertly obtained access to my iCloud and never notified me. They invaded the attorney client… https://t.co/PVbNVZkdnR— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani) 1619744895.0
The DOJ told my lawyer they secretly went into my iCloud account in 2019. Who else are they spying on? You?— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani) 1619744774.0
Given Giuliani's constant lies about the validity of the 2020 election and his continued salacious claims about President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, few paid heed to Giuliani's accusations.
But people did remind him that Trump was President in 2019, and that his appointee—William Barr—ran the Justice Department as Attorney General at that time.
The DOJ in late 2019 was run by noted Biden loyalist [checks notes] Bill Barr? https://t.co/Bnvb4QSkqH— Matt Ford (@Matt Ford) 1619752929.0
Late 2019? Trump did this to you? https://t.co/N90msvMRgo— Armando (@Armando) 1619780048.0
Rudy just blew up his entire defense that this was a Biden partisan hit job. If his timeline is correct, Bill Bar… https://t.co/IAJpNBYN87— Matthew Sheffield (@Matthew Sheffield) 1619751960.0
u should take this up with the president at the time rudy https://t.co/gHOSpfUYrS— darth™ (@darth™) 1619745807.0
So, I'm sorry, you're saying that Bill Barr's DOJ got a warrant to search your cloud while Trump was president and… https://t.co/Dko2cPNRfT— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman) 1619747641.0
Soooo explain to me how this had anything to do with Biden?? “Late 2019” ... Wouldn’t that have been your buddy Bar… https://t.co/6YZs9TNdfT— DR. patricia harkins (@DR. patricia harkins) 1619775681.0
Giuliani's implication that the Department of Justice acted menacingly by "covertly" accessing his iCloud was false.
DOJ doesn't "covertly obtain access to my iCloud." They obtain a warrant backed by probable cause along with an ord… https://t.co/8u2NG64dIy— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1619746823.0
It appears that @RudyGiuliani knows he is in big trouble. He knows how this works: Prosecutors obtain a search wa… https://t.co/5zTtayo8Md— Teri Kanefield (@Teri Kanefield) 1619748225.0
Law enforcement does not have to notify people when they execute search warrants on their cloud storage. What the… https://t.co/iJPTJesbH5— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1619747940.0
It's unclear if the Barr's Justice Department obtained access to Giuliani's iCloud, as he says they did.