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USA investigators search Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan home, office

USA investigators search Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan home, office”

In the weeks before the November election, the contents of Hunter Biden's laptops were leaked to the media.

Giuliani also sought to undermine former USA ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was pushed out on Trump's orders, and met several times with a Ukrainian lawmaker who released edited recordings of Biden in an effort to smear him before the election.

Mr Cohen admitted to lying during congressional testimony about the timing of discussions around an abandoned plan to build a Trump Tower in Russian Federation.

Giuliani's work on matters related to Ukraine and his business dealings with two Soviet-born associates has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by prosecutors in the Southern District of NY, sources previously told ABC News. The New York Post reported that "a call to Giuliani's cellphone went straight to voicemail Wednesday afternoon".

"This is not the type of law enforcement action that is done on a whim", said Christopher Ott, a former federal prosecutor.

While the search warrant does not mean Giuliani committed a crime, it signals that investigators persuaded a judge they believed criminal conduct occurred and that executing the warrant might uncover relevant evidence.

Giuliani gained early renown in the 1980s as the US attorney in Manhattan, where he put leaders of five New York Mafia families in prison and successfully prosecuted Wall Street's "junk bond king", Michael Milken.

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Robert Costello said the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the raid at Giuliani's apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at around 6 a.m. and seized electronic devices. He told the Wall Street Journal that agents showed up at dawn on Wednesday and castigated the raids as "legal thuggery".

Prosecutors had been seeking approval for a Giuliani warrant from the Justice Department in Washington D.C. for months, but senior officials declined to approve it during the Trump administration for several reasons, including the proximity to the presidential election and Trump's challenge to the results, according to one of the people.

The federal Foreign Agents Registration Act requires people who lobby on behalf of a foreign government or entity to register with the Justice Department.

A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Because the former mayor is a practicing attorney, the Justice Department's leaders would also have to weigh in and establish a special team of agents and prosecutors to review evidence for attorney-client information, former prosecutors said. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Giuliani, are facing charges related in part to their effort to oust the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Hunter was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, and this investigation has taken a more serious turn. Those efforts led to Trump's second impeachment trial after he left office. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Giuliani's involvement took place before, during and then after the core events of the Ukraine affair in 2019 in which Trump ordered assistance be frozen to extract concessions from Ukraine's government.



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