President Joe Biden stated that he was not briefed by the Justice Department before federal agents were sent to raid the apartment and office of former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani as part of their current investigation into his business dealings with Ukraine.
Former President Donald Trump already weighed in on the whole affair calling it “so unfair.” Giuliani’s own lawyer stated that the search warrant and the investigation stems from an inquiry to find out whether or not Giuliani 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 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 stated, 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.”advertisement — content continues below
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,” the president said. “Not the president’s lawyer.”