A search warrant was executed Wednesday at former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and Park Avenue office, according to The Washington Examiner.
The warrant, obtained by federal investigators, was obtained due to prosecutors’ investigation into the former presidential attorney’s dealings in Ukraine.
According to several sources cited by the Examiner, investigators seized Giuliani’s electronic devices during the search. FBI agents also searched the Washington-area home of Victoria Toensing, a former federal prosecutor and wife to ex-U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova both of whom are considered close to Giuliani.
The same report stated that Toensing and DiGenova have both looked for damaging information about President Joe Biden and his family.
Robert Costello, Giuliani’s lawyer, “said authorities, who arrived at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment at 6 a.m., seized Mr. Giuliani’s electronic devices” and “said the search warrant describes the investigation as an investigation into a possible violation of foreign lobbying rules,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
Costello said that “the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was in communication with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine.” Giuliani’s lawyer called the search “legal thuggery.”
In his statement to the New York Daily News Costello directed the media’s attention to what the former New York Mayor was investigating: the allegations of criminal activity by Biden’s son, Hunter.
Giuliani’s statement on the warrant said that “the Biden Department of Justice has completely ignored clear evidence (which the FBI has had for over a year) in texts and emails on Hunter Biden’s hard drive” and “instead, the Justice Department decided it was a higher priority to serve (at dawn) search warrants for electronics at the home and law office of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.”
The statement added: “The search warrants involve only one indication of an alleged incident of failure to register as a foreign agent. Mayor Giuliani has not only denied this allegation but offered twice in the past two years through his attorney Bob Costello to Democrats that it is entirely untrue. Twice the offer was rejected by the SDNY.”