On Wednesday morning, federal investigators searched former New York City mayor and former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office, executing a search warrant.
Prosecutors acquired the search warrant as apart of a larger investigation into whether or not Giuliani broke lobbying laws during his tenure as Trump’s personal lawyer. The search marks a new level of the investigation, as “a criminal investigation into Mr. Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine” intensifies, according to the New York Times, however, no charges have been issued up to this point.
The investigation revolves around Giuliani’s dealings with Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, allegedly intending to dig up information possibly damaging to then-Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Robert J. Costello, Giuliani’s lawyer, believes the search to be “legal thuggery,” adding that the searches were “unnecessary because his client had offered to answer prosecutors’ questions, except those regarding Mr. Giuliani’s privileged communications with the former president.”
According to The Washington Examiner, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, as well as the FBI, have “long sought to obtain a search warrant for Giuliani’s cellular devices.”
Since Biden took over the White House, Giuliani has been the target of multiple high-profile lawsuits. In March, Giuliani, along with Trump, was slammed with civil rights lawsuits alleging conspiracy with far-right extremist groups to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election. Giuliani was also sued by Dominion Voting Systems for a reported $1.3 billion after he allegedly made ‘demonstrably false’ claims on Twitter and elsewhere.