Home and office of Rudy Giuliani searched by federal agents

Federal agents have searched the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, who has been under investigation by New York prosecutors for his business dealings in Ukraine. 

A lawyer for Giuliani confirmed that a search warrant had been executed, which indicated that prosecutors were looking into an alleged failure to register as a foreign agent, according to a statement. Giuliani has denied any allegations of improper lobbying, the lawyer, Bob Costello, added. 

Costello said investigators seized electronics during their search, and claimed those devices contained material that was protected by attorney-client privilege. 

The US attorney’s office for the southern district of New York declined to comment and Costello did not immediately return a request for comment.

Giuliani was one of Trump’s most ardent supporters during his years in the White House and was the former president’s personal lawyer, as well as a key member of his inner circle. He was also a central figure in the Ukraine scandal that sparked the first impeachment of Trump. 

Giuliani had extensive business ties in Ukraine and acknowledged that he played a role in trying to get the European country to announce investigations into Joe Biden and his son.

Two of Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested in 2019 and charged with alleged violations of campaign finance laws in connection with the effort to oust Marie Yovanovitch as the US ambassador to Ukraine. They have pleaded not guilty.

A lawyer representing the two men previously told Congress that they had “assisted Mr Giuliani in connection with his representation of President Trump”. Trump was eventually acquitted on the impeachment charges by the US Senate. 

Giuliani, a former US attorney for the southern district of New York and mayor of New York City, also represented Trump throughout his unsuccessful bid to overturn the results of November’s US election.

Another former personal attorney for Trump, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a scheme to arrange payments just before the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, among other crimes. 

“Here we go folks!” Cohen tweeted on Wednesday, after The New York Times first reported the warrants. 

“I concur that Rudy Giuliani is in deep trouble,” Preet Bharara, another former US attorney for the southern district of New York, wrote on Twitter.

Giuliani’s son Andrew told members of the press on Wednesday that “anybody, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here”.

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