Feds Raid Rudy Giuliani's NYC Apartment (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
By Newsmax Wires | Wednesday, 28 April 2021 12:28 PM
Federal investigators on Wednesday searched the New York City apartment of Rudy Giuliani, the city's former mayor and later President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, pursuant to a search warrant, Giuliani's lawyer said,
The agents seized electronic devices, escalating a criminal investigation into Giuliani, The New York Times said.
In addition to his Madison Avenue apartment, The Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed source, that investigators also executed a warrant at Giuliani’s office on Park Avenue.
Giuliani's lawyer, Bob Costello, confirmed that a search warrant had been executed. Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Giuliani has been under investigation for several years over his business dealings in Ukraine. Details of the searches were not immediately available.
Two former associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have been charged with campaign finance violations and other crimes.
Parnas' and Fruman's work included efforts to help Giuliani dig up damaging information before the 2020 election about Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, and what prosecutors called an effort to remove then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
The federal probe into Giuliani's overseas and business dealings stalled last year because of a dispute over investigative tactics as Trump unsuccessfully sought reelection, and amid Giuliani’s prominent role in subsequently disputing the results of the contest on Trump’s behalf.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan had pushed last year for a search warrant for records, including some of Giuliani’s communications, but officials in the Trump-era Justice Department would not sign off on the request, according to multiple people familiar with the investigation who insisted on anonymity to speak about an ongoing investigation.
Officials in the deputy attorney general’s office raised concerns about both the scope of the request, which they thought would contain communications that could be covered by legal privilege between Giuliani and Trump, and the method of obtaining the records, three of the people said. The people could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
The issue was widely expected to be revisited by the Justice Department once Attorney General Merrick Garland assumed office. Garland was confirmed last month and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco was confirmed to her position and sworn in last week. The Justice Department requires that applications for search warrants served on lawyers be approved by senior department officials.
The warrants do not mean that charges are near or even expected.