Federal agents execute search warrant on Rudy Giuliani's apartment

WASHINGTON DC- JULY 01 President Donald Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani talks to journalists outside the White House West Wing

WASHINGTON DC- JULY 01 President Donald Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani talks to journalists outside the White House West Wing

He said the search warrants are connected to an investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act tied to Giuliani's Ukraine-related work.

Prosecutors in Manhattan have been investigating Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine.

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor once celebrated for his leadership in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to Ukraine.

The official who confirmed the execution of the search warrant did not have approval to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Giuliani's lawyer, Robert J. Costello, responded to the raid, stating, "What they did today was legal thuggery".

Although the warrants do not mean that charges are near or even expected, it nonetheless represents a significant escalation in the investigation and means law enforcement officials have persuaded a judge that there's probable cause to believe a search of Giuliani's property will turn up evidence of a crime.

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The federal probe into Giuliani's overseas and business dealings stalled a year ago because of a dispute over investigative tactics as Trump unsuccessfully sought reelection, and amid Giuliani's prominent role in subsequently disputing the results of the contest on Trump's behalf. Those efforts led to Trump's second impeachment trial after he left office.

Giuliani gained early renown in the 1980s as the top federal prosecutor 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.

Paraphrasing Costello's words, the report went on to say that "the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was in communication with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine". In 2008, Giuliani ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination. "If they want to look at that, there's not going to be anything surprising in it".

Solomon's former employer, The Hill newspaper, published a review a year ago of some of his columns and determined they were lacking in context and missing key disclosures. Garland was confirmed last month and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco was confirmed to her position and sworn in last week.

It's odd that prosecutors would execute a search warrant on a lawyer, although Manhattan federal prosecutors have done so before.

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