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

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE slammed the raid by federal agents on Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani DirecTV declines to renew OAN contract Trump abruptly ends NPR interview Kerik to sit for 'voluntary interview' with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says 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 BartiromoTrump says he would not impose boycott against Beijing Olympics The Memo: Omicron poses huge threat to Biden presidency Fox's Bartiromo called Bill Barr 'screaming' about election fraud: book 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 KerryA presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day Equilibrium/Sustainability — Dam failures cap a year of disasters Four environmental fights to watch in 2022 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.