A day after the FBI raided Rudy Giuliani’s office and apartment, President Biden claims he did not previously know about the raid. In an interview with TODAY, he is also claiming he was not briefed about an investigation into Giuliani at all.
Biden told host Craig Melvin that he was not involved in an investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer. “I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned about it,” Biden said. “My word. I had no idea this was underway.”
He also said that he made “a pledge” to remain uninvolved. “I’m not asking to be briefed. That’s the Justice Department’s independent judgment.”
Robert Costello, a lawyer who previously represented Steve Bannon, made a statement on behalf of Rudy Giuliani.
“The search warrants involve only one indication of an alleged incident of failure to register as a foreign agent,” Costello writes. “The Biden department of justice has completely ignored clear evidence in texts and emails on Hunter Biden’s hard drive of failing to register numerous times as a foreign agent.”
Costello also claims that Giuliani tried to reason with the Southern District of New York outside of court. “Twice, Mr. Giuliani’s counsel offered to sit with the SDNY and demonstrate that Mr. Giuliani’s conduct was lawful,” the statement reads.
Authorities are reportedly looking into whether Giuliani illegally lobbied former President Trump on behalf of Ukraine.
Rudy Giuliani’s team didn’t immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment.
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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago
The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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