World Media

Giuliani’s Manhattan Apartment Searched by Federal Bureau of Investigation in U.S. Probe

Giuliani at a Republican hearing

Federal investigators carried out a search warrant at the home and office of Rudy Giuliani early Wednesday, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News - a sign of growing legal scrutiny targeting the former New York City mayor and personal attorney to President Donald Trump.

"Mr. Giuliani respects the law, and he can demonstrate that his conduct as a lawyer and a citizen was absolutely legal and ethical", Costello said. Once Merrick Garland took office as President Biden's attorney general, the warrant was given a green light. The Bidens have denied wrongdoing.

Giuliani could not immediately be reached for comment.

Investigators executed warrants at Giuliani's home on Madison Avenue and his office on Park Avenue and seized electronic devices, a person familiar with the investigation told the AP. Hunter Biden, the president's son, had been a board member of a Ukrainian energy company.

The search warrant mentioned an investigation into a possible violation of foreign lobbying rules, and that it meant to obtain communications between Giuliani and certain individuals, Costello told the Wall Street Journal.

It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, although Manhattan federal prosecutors have done so before, most notably in recent years against another former lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen.

Joseph Bondy, a lawyer for Parnas, said in a December court filing that he received a voicemail from Giuliani asking "if we can talk either about or with Lev".

How is Giuliani linked with the Trump administration and Ukraine?

Trump's request that Ukrainian officials launch an investigation of Biden ultimately led to his first impeachment though he was acquitted by the then Republican-controlled Senate.

Mr Guiliani, who was lauded for his leadership after the 9/11 terror attacks on NY, has become embroiled in numerous scandals involving the administration in recent years. Democrats argued Trump had corruptly sought to pressure Ukraine into hurting Biden.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires people to notify the State Department if they are acting as a foreign agent on behalf of another nation.

Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY have reportedly not commented to the media and have yet to issue a news release about the raid. During the call, Trump urged his counterpart to get in touch with Giuliani, who "very much knows what's happening and he is a very capable guy", according the notes released by the White House. The lawyer said Giuliani kept talking, apparently unaware that he had not hung up, and said his phone number was "soon to be gotten rid of".

Giuliani, a two-term mayor of NY, rose to worldwide prominence after he steered the city through tragedy on September 11, 2001, when two planes piloted by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center. Cohen, who has since become a fierce critic of his former boss, pleaded guilty later that year to campaign finance and other charges and was sentenced to three years in prison.