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The 'Sovereign District' Catches Up to Rudy Giuliani (Feat. Elie Honig)

Objections: With Adam Klasfeld


The day that authorities executed a search warrant at his Manhattan apartment, Rudy Giuliani appeared uncharacteristically quiet about the development, but the sometime Donald Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor broke that silence in written and televised broadsides against prosecutors the next day.

"Rudy would know as well as anybody that the first piece of advice that any criminal defendant, suspect, subject of a search warrant should take or receive is 'Shut up,'" CNN's senior legal analyst Elie Honig says on this podcast. "Rudy: Not the shutting up type."

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney inside the Southern District of New York, Honig worked as a prosecutor in the same federal jurisdiction that reportedly has Giuliani in its crosshairs. Giuliani led the Southern District as a U.S. Attorney between 1983 and 1989, decades before Honig's tenure there.

In the latest episode of Law&Crime's podcast "Objections: With Adam Klasfeld," Honig charts Giuliani's trajectory from leader to reported target of the U.S. Attorney's Office for SDNY, affectionately nicknamed the "Sovereign District" for its history of independence. Honig is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book "Hatchet Man" on Attorney General Bill Barr and the host of the podcast "Third Degree."

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