Federal agents raided former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home and office on April 28th, seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump’s lawyer.
The raid on Giuliani comes as federal authorities were investigating whether he violated the law by lobbying the former Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials in 2019. The dual searches sent a strong signal that he could ultimately face federal charges. The warrants signify that prosecutors believe they have probable cause that Giuliani committed a federal crime.
Meanwhile, Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Giuliani, also was visited by the FBI on April 28th. A well-placed source explained that Toensing’s home was visited but not searched as the FBI only took her phone. Toensing’s law firm issued a statement saying that she was informed that she is not a target of the investigation. The full scope of the investigation remains unclear, but it at least partly involves Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, law enforcement officials have told the Associated Press.
Though the FBI told Fox News that they have no comment on the matter, Giuliani accused federal authorities of a “corrupt double standard,” invoking allegations he’s pushed against prominent Democrats, in a statement issued through his lawyer. He added that the Justice Department was “running roughshod over the constitutional rights of anyone involved in, or legally defending, former President Donald J. Trump.”
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