World Feds raid Rudy Giuliani’s home over Ukraine business dealings
Trump lawyer Giuliani's apartment raided in federal probe: media
Federal investigators raided the New York apartment of president Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani early Wednesday as part of a probe into his dealings in Ukraine, US media reported. Giuliani, himself once a top New York prosecutor and then mayor of the city, was a personal lawyer for Trump when the president was impeached for seeking political help from Ukraine. Giuliani spent months trying to help Trump find dirt on election rival Joe Biden in Ukraine, and on Biden's son Hunter, during 2018-2020.
Federal investigators executed a search warrant at the Manhattan home of former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday, according to reports from the New York Times, Reuters and a law enforcement official cited by The Associated Press.
The former New York City mayor has been under investigation for several years over his business dealings in Ukraine. It comes as the Justice Department continues its investigation into the staunch Trump ally.
New York: The apartment of Rudolph Giuliani, ex-Trump lawyer, searched by the FBI
© provided by the Parisien the Parisian in the United States, the searches among the lawyers are rare. The Federal Police has searched Wednesday the apartment and the New York office of Rudolph Giuliani, ex-personal lawyer of Donald Trump and Mayor of New York during the attacks of 2001 , as part of a survey of its activities in Ukraine. But several American media affirm it.
A lawyer for Giuliani, Bob Costello, confirmed to Reuters that a search warrant had been executed. Electronic devices were among the items seized, according to the Times.
The official could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
The investigation “grew out of a case against two Soviet-born men”, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, “who aided his mission in Ukraine to unearth damaging information” on President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, the New York Times reported.
Fruman and Parnas were both indicted last year on charges of conspiracy and falsifying records.
Hunter, who faced criticism from alleged misconduct during his time on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, now faces a criminal tax probe by the Justice Department.
Lincoln Project Responds to Tucker Carlson's Rudy Giuliani Raid Tip Off Claim
The campaign group taunted the Fox News host over a segment on his show about the Giuliani raid.In a monologue on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Wednesday, Carlson said agents had seized all of Giuliani's digital records and personal devices. He then took aim at a tweet from the Lincoln Project which hinted that the campaign was aware of the planned raid beforehand.
Giuliani also sought to undermine former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was pushed out on Trump’s orders, and met several times with Ukrainian lawmaker Yuriy Lutsenko, who released edited recordings of Biden in an effort to smear him before the election.
Prosecutors have looked into Giuliani’s work with Lutsenko, the Times reported.
The full scope of the investigation is unclear, but it at least partly involves the Ukraine dealings, law enforcement officials have told the AP.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to Reuters and AP requests for comment.
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 cited by the AP familiar with the investigation who insisted on anonymity to speak about an ongoing investigation.
Michael Cohen Gloats Over Giuliani Raid: ‘Rudy, I Told You So!’
Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen couldn’t help but gloat over the situation Rudy Giuliani currently finds himself in, boasting on Thursday that he told the former New York City mayor that his day would come. While he serves a three-year prison sentence under house arrest for tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress, Cohen appeared on CNN to offer up his perspective on the FBI raiding Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office this week. Giuliani, much like Cohen, served as the personal attorney for former President Donald Trump and could be in legal peril over work he did for the ex-president.
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.
They 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.
A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment. The US Attorney’s office in Manhattan declined to comment Wednesday.
Alan Dershowitz Agrees to Provide 'Constitutional Advice' to Rudy Giuliani's Legal Team Following Raid .
Dershowitz told Newsweek that the raid was "a very serious breach of privacy" and that he agreed to help Giuliani's legal team on Fourth Amednment issues."I had spoken out a number of times against the raid, [and on Thursday] Giuliani called me and asked me if I would share that view with his lawyers," Dershowitz, a Democrat who served on Trump's defense team during the ex-president's first impeachment trial, told The Daily Beast on Friday.