Federal investigators executed a search warrant on the Manhattan apartment of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday as part of an investigation into his alleged overseas lobbying efforts as the personal attorney for former President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported.
Agents seized Giuliani’s electronic devices, including his cellphone, during the raid, ABC News added, citing sources.
The Times characterized the raid as a “major turning point” in the investigation into whether Giuliani broke federal laws in his capacity as Trump’s lawyer by lobbying the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of officials and oligarchs in Ukraine. Giuliani’s alleged lobbying efforts were a primary focus of the first impeachment case against Trump.
During that same time, Giuliani was admittedly in Ukraine attempting to dig up dirt on Trump’s political rivals, including President Joe Biden, who was then a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden’s son, Hunter, was facing intense scrutiny for his suspicious position on the board of a nefarious Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, despite having no relevant experience in the industry.
Both the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York have reportedly not commented to the media and have yet to issue a news release about the raid. The New York Post reported that “a call to Giuliani’s cellphone went straight to voicemail Wednesday afternoon.”
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