A former Rudy Giuliani speechwriter called Wednesday’s raid on Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment a “tragic third act” for his legal career.
John Avlon, a former member of Giuliani’s staff, said he was “shocked” when he discovered that federal investigators executed a search warrant against Giuliani and seized several electronic devices from his office and home in New York.
“[The raid had] A real sense of tragedy… given the trajectory of his career, ”Avlon told CNN. New day Thursday. “Before being mayor of New York – when I worked for him and was proud to do so – he was a crusading American lawyer heading the Southern District, which is the organization that is investigating him now.”
“I don’t think you can underestimate the respect he had in the legal community and the judicial community, especially at the time, when he was mayor,” he added. “For this kind of tragic third act of the opera Rudy to be punctuated by the federal government raid on his apartment, it’s really overwhelming, it’s sickening.”
Avlon prepared Giuliani’s speeches for the city state from 1999 to 2001, when Giuliani was mayor of New York City and then served as editor and deputy director of policy for Giuliani’s presidential campaign in 2008.
Before Giuliani was elected mayor, he was appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1983 by then President Ronald Reagan. The office is considered one of the most prestigious in the country and known to be very independent and non-partisan.
During his tenure in this post, Giuliani led the federal prosecution of New York Mafia bosses in the 1980s, known as the Mafia Commission Trial, which led to the convictions of eight prominent organized crime figures.
However, Giuliani’s legal reputation has waned since then, particularly in recent years when he became the personal lawyer for former President Donald Trump. Over the past year, he has represented Trump in a series of unsuccessful lawsuits aimed at overturning the 2020 presidential election results.
“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long journey as a public figure,” said the reporter from The New York Times, which shattered the federal government’s raid, noted Wednesday. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani was nationally recognized for guiding New York City through the dark days following the 9/11 attacks, and earlier in his career he headed the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, who is currently investigating him, earning a reputation as a tough prosecutor who has tackled organized crime and corrupt politicians. “
On Wednesday, FBI agents executed a search warrant in connection with Giuliani’s ties to Ukraine. Federal officials have largely focused on whether the former mayor illegally pressured the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials, who allegedly dug dirt on then-President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
The search warrant for Giuliani had been blocked by the Justice Department under the Trump administration for nearly two years, but objections were lifted earlier this year after Merrick Garland was confirmed as Biden’s new attorney general.
While Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, called the search warrants a “corrupt double standard” against Republican officials, Avlon said he did not think the investigation was in any way politicized.
“I don’t think this is proof of a politicized justice ministry,” Avlon said. “I think it’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek accusation from people in Trump’s orbit, but it’s tragic and [Giuliani] deserves to be remembered for more than this last act. But I’m afraid it overshadows his other accomplishments. “
News week reached out to Giuliani’s team for further comment, but did not receive a response until the post.