U.S. Federal Police have raided the apartment and office of Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York and formerly former president Donald Trumps attorney. The raid is part of an investigation into Giulianis activities in Ukraine, where he would have wanted to collect incriminating information about President Bidens son.
This is what The New York Times reports today. According to sources the newspaper spoke to, Giulianis electronic equipment was confiscated and an apartment and an office were searched local time at about 6 a.m. The investigation into Giuliani revolves around whether he violated certain lobbying laws during the period when he was President Trumps attorney.
For example, in 2019 he would have illegally lobbied the Trump administration at the request of Ukrainian officials and companies. In return, Giuliani would have been helped in his search for information that could damage Trumps political opponents, such as current President Biden.
It is a criminal offence to attempt to influence or lobby the United States Government at the request of a foreign official if this is not reported to the Department of Justice. According to The New York Times, the search is not an explicit accusation that Giuliani did something wrong. They would show that the investigation “has entered an aggressive new phase”.
In order to get a search warrant, detectives need to convince a judge that they have sufficient reason to believe that a crime has been committed. Which is why the search could provide evidence of the crime. Giulianis lawyer tells the paper the raid is unnecessary. His client would have always been willing to answer questions from prosecutors, unless they deal with confidential conversations with former President Trump.