Federal investigators have executed a search warrant on Wednesday for the Manhattan apartment of Rudy Giuliani, former NYC mayor and personal attorney of former President Donald Trump.
These investigators are currently digging into Giuliani’s business dealings with Ukraine.
An attorney representing Giuliani, Bob Costello, has confirmed the search warrant was indeed executed. Among the items that were seized by authorities were electronic devices.
As of now, Giuliani has not responded to any requests for comment.
In addition to his Madison Avenue apartment, The Associated Press, citing an unnamed source, reported that investigators also executed a warrant at Giuliani’s office on Park Avenue.
Giuliani has been under investigation for several years over his business dealings in Ukraine. Details of the searches were not immediately available.
Two former associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have been charged with campaign finance violations and other crimes.
Parnas’ and Fruman’s work included efforts to help Giuliani dig up damaging information before the 2020 election about Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, and what prosecutors called an effort to remove then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
The current probe looking into Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine hit a wall last year due to a dispute over the tactics being utilized by investigators as Trump was campaigning for reelection and Giuliani’s prominent role in the disputing of the election results on behalf of his client.
“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 familiar with the investigation who insisted on anonymity to speak about an ongoing investigation,” the Newsmax report continued.
It’s important to note that this search warrant does not mean that Giuliani has committed an actual crime. It does communicate that investigators managed to convince a judge they think some kind of criminal behavior occurred and that issuing a warrant might provide evidence relevant to proving that belief.