President Joe Biden has claimed that he was not provided any information by the DOJ concerning the raid on former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani by federal agents on Wednesday, a move that was apparently part of an investigation into some of his work done for the former president.
Former President Donald Trump already weighed in on what happened, calling it “so unfair.” Giuliani’s lawyer stated that the raid stems from an investigation that is being conducted concerning whether the former mayor of New York and U.S. attorney might have violated federal foreign lobbying laws.
“I was not briefed before federal agents carried out their search of the New York residence,” Biden said during an interview he did with NBC News. “I made a pledge: I would not interfere in any way, order, or try to stop any Justice Department had underway.”
“I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned,” he went on to say, adding, “My word. I had no idea this was underway.”
Asked if he has been briefed on any other FBI or Justice investigations, the president replied: “No. And I’m not asking to be briefed.”
He blasted Trump and his administration for, in his words, “politicizing the Justice Department so badly” that “so many of them quit, so many of them left because that’s not the role of a president … to say who should be prosecuted, when they should be prosecuted, who should be not prosecuted.”
Democrats, for years, charged Trump with treating the attorney general and the Justice Department as his own legal counsel. But Biden, on Thursday, laid out a different approach to both agencies.
“The Justice Department is the people’s lawyer,” Biden said. “Not the president’s lawyer.”