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Trump rips raid on 'great patriot' Rudy Giuliani's apartment as 'very unfair'

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE slammed the raid by federal agents on Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMichael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says client had 'Foxitis,' 'Foxmania' Giuliani lays off staffers: report MORE's apartment, saying in an interview early Thursday that it was "very unfair." 

"Rudy Giuliani is a great patriot. He just loves this country, and they raid his apartment," Trump told Fox Business host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoMcCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair McConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' Giuliani to Tucker Carlson: 'No justification' for FBI raid MORE on "Mornings with Maria," referring to his former personal attorney. 

"It's like so unfair and ... it's like a double standard like I don't think anybody's ever seen before," he continued. "It's very, very unfair. Rudy is a patriot who loves this country." 

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Trump's comments come a day after federal prosecutors searched Giuliani's apartment and law office in New York City and seized electronic devices.

The development comes as authorities investigate whether the former New York mayor illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian oligarchs.

"I don't know what they're looking for or what they're doing," the former president said early Thursday. "They say it had to do with filings of various papers and lobbying files. Well, did Hunter [Biden] file? Did [President] Biden file? Because they did a lot of work with other countries. To the best of everyone's knowledge, they didn't file." 

"It's a very, very unfair situation," he said. "It is so terrible when you see the things going on in our country with the corruption and the problems and then they go after Rudy Giuliani. It's very said, actually."  

Trump lamented what he said was a double standard in the treatment of former officials in his administration compared to Democratic figures.

The former president focused on allegations that former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryChina emitted more greenhouse gasses than US, developed world combined in 2019: analysis Overnight Energy: Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process| EPA official directs agency to ramp up enforcement in overburdened communities | Meet Flint prosecutor Kym Worthy Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process MORE discussed Israeli military operations with Iran’s foreign minister during his time in the Obama administration.

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"It is incredible because you bring up John Kerry and the horrible thing that he did and was doing for a period of time," Trump said.

Kerry has denied the allegations, saying they are “unequivocally false.”

“This never happened  either when I was Secretary of State or since,” Kerry tweeted on Monday.

Updated at 7:52 a.m.