NEW YORK (AP) – Federal investigators carried out a search warrant for Manhattan’s home and office Wednesday morning in the office of former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Ulian.
The former mayor of New York has been under investigation for several years for his business connections in Ukraine. Details of the search were not immediately available, but it comes as the Department of Justice continues to investigate former New York mayor Trump’s staunch ally.
Investigators have ordered the seizure of electronic devices at his home on Madison Avenue in Madison Avenue, his office on Park Avenue.
Officials could not discuss the investigation in public; they spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. The news of the search was first reported by The New York Times.
The federal investigation into Giuliani’s foreign և business deal was halted last year over a dispute over its investigation tactics as Trump unsuccessfully sought re-election amid Julian’s well-known role in contesting the contest on behalf of Trump.
Although the letters of recommendation do not imply that the charges are imminent or even expected, it is a significant aggravation of the investigation և means that law enforcement has persuaded the judge that there is a probable reason to believe that the search of ul uliani’s property will prove to be a crime.
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The full scope of the investigation is unclear, but it includes at least part of the deals in Ukraine, law enforcement officials told the AP.
Ul Uliani was instrumental in the then-president’s efforts to dig up Biden, a Democratic rival, to put pressure on Ukraine to launch an investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter, who is currently under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. Ul Uliani also tried to overthrow former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted by Trump, on several occasions, and met with a Ukrainian lawmaker who released Biden’s edited recordings in an attempt to tarnish his image ahead of the election.
The message sent to Ul Uliani’s lawyer was not immediately returned. Ul uliani had previously called the investigation “pure political persecution”.
Last year, the Manhattan Federal Attorney’s Office requested that orders be obtained for records, including some of Giuliani’s messages, but Trump’s Department of Justice officials did not sign the inquiry, according to many people familiar with the investigation, who claimed anonymity. talk about the ongoing investigation.
Officials with the Deputy Attorney General have raised concerns about the scope of the inquiry, which they believe contains communications that could be covered up by the legal uranium միջեւ legal privilege between Trump եղանակ by receiving notes. People could not discuss the investigation in public, they spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
The issue was expected to be widely reconsidered at the Department of Justice when Attorney General Merrick Garland took office. Garland was confirmed last month, and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco was confirmed in office last week. The Ministry of Justice demands that search warrant applications sent to lawyers be approved by high-ranking officials of the department.
The spokesman for the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan և the FBI New York office declined to comment on Wednesday.
Tucker reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Larry Neimaster և Tom Hayes contributed from New York.