Rudy Giuliani raided by police investigating Ukraine dealings

28 Avril, 2021, 23:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rudy Giuliani's home, office searched by federal agents as part of lobbying probe, sources tell ABC News

Agents earlier in the day seized electronic devices during a warranted search as part of a months-long investigation, according to The New York Times, which broke the story.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have been investigating Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine.

Details of the search were not immediately available, but it came as the Justice Department continued its investigation into the former New York City mayor and staunch Trump ally.

A message seeking comment was left with Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello.

Although the warrants do not mean that charges are near or even expected, it nonetheless represents a significant escalation in the investigation and means law enforcement officials have persuaded a judge that there's probable cause to believe a search of Giuliani's property will turn up evidence of a crime.

The warrant was in relation to an ongoing probe led by federal prosecutors from the Southern District of NY regarding Giuliani's alleged lobbying efforts overseas during the Trump presidency, which was a key focus of the first impeachment case against then-President Trump.

A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Giuliani gained early renown in the 1980s as the USA attorney in Manhattan, where he put leaders of five New York Mafia families in prison and successfully prosecuted Wall Street's "junk bond king", Michael Milken.

Contacted Wednesday, Solomon said it was news to him that the Justice Department was interested in any communications he had with Giuliani, though he said it was not entirely surprising given the issues raised in Trump's first impeachment trial. Giuliani subsequently took on a leading role in disputing the election results on the Republican's behalf. Law enforcement officials told media that the investigation at least partly involves his Ukraine dealings.

"He was someone that tried to pass information to me".

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.

In recent years, Giuliani monetized his reputation for security and policing into lucrative side ventures.

Guidelines require approval of Justice Department officials in Washington, D.C., for federal prosecutors in individual states to pursue such action against an attorney such as Giuliani.

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