Rudy Giuliani's radio show appearance CANCELED as federal investigators comb his NYC apartment over Ukraine claims
RUDY Giuliani was a no-show for his planned live radio appearance on Wednesday as FBI investigators raided his New York City apartment over his alleged dealings in Ukraine.
The former Trump attorney canceled his scheduled appearance on 77 WABC Radio yesterday afternoon – despite having tweeted just 20 minutes earlier that he'd be delivering a "live statement" about the federal probe.
“Tune in to WABCradio.com at 3 PM EST for a live statement,” the embattled former New York City mayor tweeted to his one million followers just after 2.30pm ET.
However, within minutes Giuliani deleted the tweet, and by the time his 3pm show began he was nowhere to be seen or heard.
Regular WABC host Dominic Carter stepped in to fill Giuliani's place.
But adding to the confusion, around the same time Giuliani posted his tweet, Carter appeared to be under the impression he'd be filling in for the attorney all along after authoring a tweet of his own.
“It’s about to go down. Special *Debate* coverage for NYCMayor starts in minutes at 3pm. I’m in for Mayor Rudy Giuliani,” he tweeted at 2.30pm.
The Sun has reached out to WABC for comment.
Giuliani is currently under federal investigation over his ties to Ukraine.
While the full scope of the investigation is unclear, the probe reportedly relates to allegations he lobbied on behalf of foreign officials as part of a campaign to compel Ukraine to dig up dirt on the then-Democratic presidential front-runner, Joe Biden.
One of the FBI's warrants said investigators were seizing his electronic devices to look for communications between him and several Ukrainian officials, including former president, Petro Poroshenko, according to the New York Times.
The Giuliani investigation grew out of a case against two Soviet-born men who were aiding him in the search for information on Biden.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were charged with unrelated crimes in 2019 and are currently awaiting trial.
As well as investigating Giuliani's business dealings, the probe is looking at his potential role in encouraging the Trump administration to oust the American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
This issue was the subject of the former president's first impeachment trial in early 2020.
Giuliani allegedly saw Yovanovitch as an obstacle to the investigation into the Bidens.
Prosecutors are exploring whether, at the time, Giuliani was working for Ukrainian officials who wanted Yovanovitch gone for their own reasons.
If evidence is found, Giuliani would have been in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Under the act, it is a federal crime to lobby the US government on behalf of a foreign official without the Justice Department being made aware.
A search warrant is not an indication of any wrongdoing on Giuliani's part.
In order to acquire the warrant, investigators would have needed to convince a judge that there is sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed.
They would also have needed to convince the judge that a search could find more evidence of a crime.
Another search warrant was executed on Wednesday at attorney Victoria Toensing's house in Washington DC. The lawyer worked close with Giuliani, the Times claimed.
While Giuliani has opted for silence since news of the raid broke yesterday, his allies and family members have been vocal on his behalf.
Rudy Giuliani's son Andrew blasted the raid as "disgusting" and "absolutely absurd" as he spoke outside the apartment on Wednesday afternoon.
"It’s the continued politicization of the Justice Department, as we have seen,” Andrew said.
"And it has to stop. If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer, this can happen to any American. Enough is enough.”
Former President Trump also raced to Rudy's defense on Thursday morning, calling the raid "unfair" and a "double standard" in an interview on Fox News.
"You take the greatest mayor in the history of New York," Trump said. "And they raid his apartment – it's like so unfair and such a double standard."
Trump then went on to question what federal officials were trying to find at the former mayor's Manhattan apartment.
"Rudy is a patriot who loves this country and I don't know what they're looking for, what they're doing – they say it had to do with filings of various papers, lobbying filings," he said, before turning attention to the president and his son.
"Did Hunter file? Did Biden file?" he asked. "Because they did a lot of work with other countries. To the best of everyone's knowledge they didn't file."
As the interview came to an end, Trump slammed: "You're going after the Rudy Giuliani's of the world when you have rapists and murderers coming in through the border."
Giuliani, meanwhile, has previously branded the investigation against him “pure political persecution.”
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