The searches are about the Ukraine activities of the 76-year-old, report US media. Electronic devices are also said to have been taken from the former New York mayor.
US investigators have ransacked the New York apartment and office of ex-President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The searches are about the Ukraine activities of the 76-year-old, reported on Wednesday, among others, the “New York Times” and the news channel CNN, citing informed circles. Accordingly, the former New York mayor’s electronic equipment was also confiscated, which is very rare among lawyers.
According to the New York Times, the New York State Attorney’s Office and the FBI are investigating whether Giuliani was doing illegal lobbying for Ukrainian government officials and oligarchs in Washington in 2019. At the same time, the Trump attorney was looking in Ukraine for incriminating material against the Democrat Joe Biden, who finally defeated Trump in the presidential election last November.
No approval under Trump
The FBI and the New York City Attorney’s Office reportedly tried to get search warrants on Giuliani’s phones last year. However, they did not receive approval for this until the end of Trump’s term of office on January 20. Under the new US Attorney General Merrick Garland, the applications have now apparently been granted. Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department wanted to comment on the searches.
Giuliani had in the Ukraine affair, which led to the first impeachment proceedings against Trump in 2019 led, played an important role. Trump had urged the Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelenskyj to help campaign against his future challenger Biden. Giuliani, Trump’s private attorney since April 2018, was one of the US President’s middlemen and traveled to Ukraine.
Following Trump’s electoral defeat, Giuliani led the elected president’s efforts to challenge the outcome of the election. Giuliani, who was highly regarded in his time as New York City Mayor, repeatedly caused a stir with bizarre appearances and unproven election fraud allegations. A voting machine manufacturer sued the lawyer for 1.3 billion dollars (almost 1.1 billion euros) in damages for defamation.
(APA / AFP)