Wednesday, 05 May, 2021


Federal investigators execute warrant at Rudy Giuliani's NYC home, official says

Rudy Giuliani accused of illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs Rudy Giuliani accused of illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs Credit Reuters
Bennie Garza | 29 April, 2021, 00:33

Investigators executed a search warrant of Giuliani's apartment on Wednesday, confiscating several of his electronic devices for their probe into his alleged violations of US lobbying laws.

The raid represents a significant escalation of the federal investigation into Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and among former President Trump's closest political allies. The warrants, requiring approval from the top levels of the Justice Department, signify prosecutors believe they have probable cause that Giuliani committed a federal crime - though they don't guarantee charges will materialize.

Federal prosecutors and agents had been pushing since previous year to obtain a search warrant for Giuliani's records and electronics but ran into resistance from Trump-appointed officials in the Justice Department, who were concerned about the scope of the warrant and the dangers of obtaining information protected by attorney-client privilege, law enforcement officials have told The Times.

According to Costello, the probe is at least in part focused on whether Giuliani failed to disclose to USA officials that he was lobbying on behalf of a foreign entity.

As part of the same investigation, agents on Wednesday also searched the home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer and Giuliani ally, according to a spokesperson for Toensing.

Two former Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have been charged with campaign finance violations and other crimes. One such individual was John Solomon, a journalist who spoke with Mr Giuliani regarding his push to investigate then candidate for president Joe Biden's involvement in Ukraine.

A message left for Giuliani's lawyer wasn't immediately returned. During the call, Trump urged his counterpart to get in touch with Giuliani, who "very much knows what's happening and he is a very capable guy", according the notes released by the White House.

Rudy Giuliani personal lawyer to former president Donald Trump has his Manhattan home searched on Wednesday
Rudy Giuliani personal lawyer to former president Donald Trump has his Manhattan home searched on Wednesday Credit Bloomberg

In Washington, Giuliani's role was complex, with the former mayor frequently proclaiming himself a business consultant and lawyer in the private sector even as he enjoyed extraordinary access to the halls of power. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY also declined to comment.

Rudy Giuliani is seen here with Donald Trump shortly after Trump's election victory in 2016.

"He was someone that tried to pass information to me". "If they want to look at that, there's not going to be anything surprising in it". Everything was sitting "in plain view", he said.

Solomon's former employer, The Hill newspaper, published a review previous year of some of his columns and determined they were lacking in context and missing key disclosures.

The search warrant was signed by a federal judge.

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 Mr Giuliani and Mr Trump, and the method of obtaining the records, three of the people said. Garland was confirmed last month and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco was confirmed to her position and sworn in last week.

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