Rudy Giuliani tells Tucker Carlson he gave FBI agents Hunter Biden's hard drives during raid, but they declined
He said federal agents were 'content' to take his word that the drives belonged to Hunter Biden, when 'they could have been anybody's'
In Rudy Guiliani's first television interview on Thursday, April 29, since the FBI raid on his apartment, the former New York City mayor told Tucker Carlson on Fox News that he offered FBI agents Hunter's hard drives while they were there but they wouldn't take them.
He added that the federal agents were "content" to take his word for granted when he told them the devices did indeed belong to Hunter when they could have belonged to Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin or 'anybody' in reality. The raid was allegedly connected to a probe into whether Giuliani secretly pressured former president Trump on behalf of officials and oligarchs in Ukraine, where the former mayor went on to dig up dirt on then-candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Rudy Giuliani tells Tucker Carlson that he offered FBI agents Hunter Biden's hard drives while they raided his residence, but they wouldn't take them pic.twitter.com/qxfWoM48XB— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 30, 2021
"The agents seemed somewhat apologetic, I might say," said Giuliani of the incident when federal agents raided his apartment on Wednesday, April 28. "They were very very professional and very gentlemanly. The only time they were perturbed is at the end of the search when they had taken about I would say seven or eight electronic items of mine," he said but they didn't take three hard drives. "I said well don't you want those?" to which the agent asked what they were. Giuliani responded by saying they were Hunter's hard drives, but the agents said they won't take them. Following this, Giuliani said that he asked them two more times if they wanted to take the devices but they declined.
"Hunter Biden's hard drives fall within the scope of the subpoena. The subpoena requires them to take all electronics. They decided to leave that behind," he explained. He also said that the agents were "content" to take Giulani's words for granted that the hard drives indeed belonged to Hunter. "I mean they could have been Donald Trump's, they could have been Vladimir Putin's. They could have been anybody's. But they relied on me."
Giuliani said the FBI "steadfastly declined" to take the hard drives though he "offered them on several occasions," according to a statement released by his lawyer, The New York Post reported on Thursday, April 29. He also blamed the investigation into his dealings in Ukraine on the "Trump Derangement Syndrome."
“Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani’s word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani,” the statement read. “Their reliance on Mr. Giuliani’s credibility tells you everything you need to know about this case,” it added.