On Wednesday at 6 a.m., federal agents raided the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, who was former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and the former mayor of New York City.
The agents reportedly seized Giuliani’s electronic devices during the raid, which was said to be related to a probe into his work in the Ukraine. They were said to be looking for, among other things, communications between Giuliani and John Solomon of Breitbart and formerly of The Hill about Ukraine.
The execution of the warrant means that there was probable cause to believe Giuliani committed a crime, but that doesn’t mean charges will result.
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan would not comment about the raids, which had to be approved by the highest levels of the Justice Department.
“Why would you do this to anyone?”
Giuliani’s lawyer Robert J. Costello called the search “legal thuggery” and said of the searches, “Why would you do this to anyone, let alone someone who was the associate attorney general, United States attorney, the mayor of New York City and the personal lawyer to the 45th president of the United States?”
Giuliani has referred to the ongoing investigation previously as “pure political persecution.”
He never registered as a foreign operative and has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.
Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested previously and charged with campaign finance violations, however, for allegedly trying to funnel money to U.S. politicians on behalf of U.S.-Ukraine relations.
Looking into Biden corruption
Giuliani allegedly used Parnas and Fruman to investigate Joe Biden for corruption, but did not produce any smoking gun-type evidence of wrongdoing before the election. He distanced himself from the men after they were arrested.
Trump echoed the need to investigate Biden’s ties to and dealings in Ukraine in a July 25, 2019 phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to his unsuccessful impeachment in January 2020.
Giuliani and Trump were able to discredit rumors about the contents of the phone call by releasing the transcript. It clearly showed no wrongdoing, but the House tried to impeach him anyway.
Federal prosecutors tried to get a warrant last year for a similar raid, but were able to be blocked.