Feds raid Rudy Giuliani’s NY apartment amid continuing Ukraine inquiry

Federal authorities ransacked the Manhattan apartment of former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday while the former New York mayor’s investigation continued Doing business in Ukrainesaid a person familiar with the matter.

The move is the best-known act to date as part of the investigation into Giuliani’s lobbying work in Ukraine at a time when he was looking for harmful information to aid Trump in the race against President Joe Biden.

The development was first reported by the New York Times.

Giuliani and his lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday. The FBI did not respond to inquiries.

Federal investigators have been investigating Giuliani since at least the beginning of 2019 as part of his business relationships with Ukraine-born Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman from Belarus, who were charged with campaign funding charges in autumn 2019.

A lawyer, Kenneth McCallion, who has represented several Ukrainian clients, including former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in U.S. court cases, told USA TODAY at the time agents asked him about Giuliani’s business relationships with Parnas and Fruman.

The two men played an important role in Giuliani’s liaison with Ukrainian officials when Giuliani sought information about the financial affairs of Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

At the time, McCallion said he had “received many questions from the FBI and other counterintelligence investigators regarding Giuliani’s comings and goings in Ukraine and business dealings.”

After the election campaign, Giuliani led Trump’s failed efforts to challenge Biden’s election as courts across the country rejected unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.

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