Federal investigators performed a search on Wednesday at the Manhattan home of Rudy Giuliani, the former NY City mayor and lawyer to former President Trump, as they investigated his business with Ukraine.
An attorney for Giuliani, Bob Costello, confirmed the search warrant was executed. Electronics were among the things seized.
In addition to his apartment, The AP, using an anonymous source, reported that officials also used a warrant at Giuliani’s office.
Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer who is now a critic of the former president, tweeted: “Here we go folks!”
Giuliani was under investigation for years over his business connections in Ukraine. Two of his former associates, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, have been charged with political finance crimes among other violations.
Their work included helping Giuliani dig up information before the 2020 election about Joe and Hunter Biden, and what prosecutors claim was an attempt to remove then- Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
The probe into Giuliani’s overseas dealings stalled last year due to a disagreement over tactics as Trump fought for reelection, and amid Giuliani’s role in disputing the results of the election on behalf of Trump.
Federal prosecutors had pushed for a search warrant, including for Giuliani’s communications, but officials inside the Trump Justice Department would not allow the request, according to people familiar with the investigation who asked for anonymity to speak on the investigation.
The warrant does not mean Giuliani is guilty of a crime, but it does mean investigators got permission from a judge that they thought criminal conduct had happened and that a warrant might find needed evidence.
“This is a huge moment in the case., said Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School.
“It’s a huge deal to perform a warrant against an attorney because of issues involving attorney-client privilege., she said. “It’s an even bigger deal to perform a warrant against an attorney who worked for a former president.”