On Wednesday, Rudi Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment was raided by federal investigators. The New York Times reported that the lawyer and Trump supporter’s apartment was raided as a part of investigations conducted on his dealings in Ukraine according to sources who spoke to the Times.
Prosecutors were able to get a warrant for an investigation which was looking to see if Mr. Giuliani broke any laws by lobbying for Ukraine, when he was also a personal lawyer for Trump. They have allegedly seized electronic equipment and other materials.
The search was conducted at his Upper East Side apartment by investigators of the Southern District of New York. The former mayor may have lobbied the Trump administration for favors for Ukrainian officials as well as oligarchs, which is an illegal activity, according to a report.
Prosecutors have been checking the lawyer’s dealings in the Ukraine. Two former associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman of Giuliani have been charged with crimes including campaign finance violations and more. Parnas is an Ukranian born American businessman while Fruman is a Soviet born American businessman.
They also allegedly helped Giuliani find damaging information on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, before the U.S. elections in an attempt to influence the elections. One more strike against them according to prosecutors was an attempt to remove Marie Yovanovitch, who was the then U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.
Both these businessmen were arrested at Dulles International Airport on October 9, 2019. They have been charged for planning to direct funds from a foreign government to U.S. politicians, which is illegal. They wanted to influence on U.S.-Ukraine ties.
Giuliani’s lawyer Bob Costello has confirmed that there was a search warrant and it was executed. A spokesperson of the Southern District of New York did not comment when asked for details by various news agencies. Calls to Giuliani’s cell phone were not answered and went to voicemail.