Rudy Giuliani said in a radio interview Sunday that he has no knowledge that he’s under investigation by federal authorities in Manhattan — and defended President Trump’s decision to remove the US Attorney in the district.
Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, made the statement on “The Cats Roundtable” show Sunday, a day after press reports noted an ongoing investigation into him may have played a role in Trump’s decision to fire US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.
“I have no evidence they’re investigating me,” Giuiliani told host John Catsimatidis of the Southern District of New York.
“They never subpoenaed a document. They never talked to any of my banks. I think that’s a malicious story put out by an unnamed source,” he added.
Berman agreed to step down as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York on Saturday night, ending a day-long tug of war between his office and the Justice Department in Washington.
Berman said he made the decision — which came after a day of refusing to step down — after Attorney General William Barr backtracked on his original demand that Berman’s successor be Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton.
In the interview Sunday, Giuliani said Trump undoubtedly has the authority to remove Berman.
“When the president loses confidence in you, or the president wants to make a change … he appointed you, he can remove you,” Giuliani said.
Trump has claimed he was “not involved” and that the axing was “all up to the Attorney General.”
When the DOJ said in a statement Friday night they would remove Berman, several press reports noted an ongoing investigation into Giuliani’s business dealings and whether or not he failed to register as a foreign agent.
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