Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter on Wednesday to let it be known that he would appear on his talk radio show later in the day as usual even though the FBI had hours earlier raided his Manhattan home and law firm as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
“Tune in to WABCradio.com at 3 PM EST for a live statement,” the embattled ex-New York mayor-turned-Trump attorney wrote to his more than 1 million followers shortly after 2:30 p.m.
But Giuliani deleted the tweet within minutes, and once the time came for his radio hit, he was nowhere to be seen or heard.
Instead, Dominic Carter, a regular WABC Radio host, stepped in to fill the 3 p.m. slot.
Adding to the confusion, Carter was under the impression all along that he was going to stand in for Giuliani.
“It’s about to go down. Special *Debate* coverage for NYCMayor starts in minutes at 3 p.m. I’m in for Mayor Rudy Giuliani,” Carter tweeted at 2:30 p.m.
Neither Giuliani nor WABC representatives could immediately be reached for comment.
Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, said earlier Wednesday that FBI agents raided his client’s Upper East Side apartment and Midtown law office “at dawn” and confiscated various electronic devices.
The raid stems from a criminal investigation that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office is conducting into Giuliani’s shadowy business dealings in Ukraine, many of which overlap with the 2019 impeachment of his client, former President Donald Trump.
Costello confirmed the FBI agents came armed with a search warrant focused on Giuliani’s alleged “failure to register as a foreign agent” while lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian government officials and oligarchs.
However, Costello claimed his client is innocent and a victim of anti-Trump prosecutors. The Giuliani lawyer failed to mention that the federal investigation into Giuliani was opened while Trump was still president.