Rudy Giuliani’s home, office searched by federal agents as part of lobbying probe
…via PressTV, Tehran, from ABC News
[ Editor’s Note – Updating as more comes in: As the old saying goes, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.” Added to that, hitting Mr. Mayor’s house, when he was, maybe still is, the attorney for disgraced President Trump is not something that judges get to issue warrants on very often.
Legal Experts Say DOJ Likely Had ‘Significant Evidence’ to Execute Search Warrant on Giuliani: He’s ‘in Deep, Deep S**t’https://t.co/YMubP8XN3A
— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) April 29, 2021
That said, I would expect Rudy to have cleaned his house and office in anticipation of such an event. And if he did, and it is determined as such, that could add to his problems.
“In SDNY, under any administration, you do not get search warrants easily and you definitely do not get it easily when there’s potential attorney-client privilege involved, especially this high profile,” said Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah, who previously served as a federal prosecutor.
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 29, 2021
“It’s an extremely high burden required to show evidence of a crime in that location and that it’s not connected to legitimate legal work,” she added. “I would not be surprised if charges and an arrest followed.”
No one has mentioned in covering this story anything about whether Trump has his tummy in knots over hearing the news, because when it rains on Rudy that indicates that the storm is blowing Trump’s way, also.
This 2019 article is worth rereading in light of Guiliani and Toensing search warrants today HT @StacyJannis
— Wendy Siegelman (@WendySiegelman) April 29, 2021
And last, Rudy’s Ukraine operations, especially concerns of him passing information to the Russians, if proved, could potentially put him away for the rest of his life.
Lisa Monaco was confirmed by the Senate April 20th, (98-2), as the new Biden Deputy Attorney General, and she gave the final OK on the search warrant, which Robert Barr would not do under Trump. I suspect she went over the whole file very carefully before giving her OK to the NY DA’s office.
“Lisa Monaco may be the most qualified individual ever nominated to serve as deputy attorney general,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said during Monaco’s March 9 confirmation hearing.
Less covered in the story currently is that the search warrants were issued by a Federal Grand jury, where we don’t know who the witnesses are. If one spoke to a media person about it they would be going to jail quicker that Rudy would.
One could reasonably suspect that the hapless, in over his head, Lev Parnass has been talking to the Feds to get his ticket punched out of the mess. But the most bizarre part of the story may be what Rudy’s son said, from Raw Story:
Journalist Josh Marshall paraphrased it, “If this can happen to the President’s lawyer for taking bribes and working with foreign spies to orchestrate an extortion plot using US military aid how can any of us be safe?”
You all know what I am going to say now. “You just can’t make this shit up. No one would ever believe you”… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … April 28, 2021
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.
The warrant was in relation to an ongoing probe led by federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York regarding Giuliani’s alleged lobbying efforts abroad during the Trump presidency, which was a key focus of the first impeachment case against then-President Trump.
Giuliani was awoken by federal agents at 6 a.m. at his home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, his attorney, Bob Costello, told ABC News. Giuliani’s electronic devices, including his cellphone, were confiscated by authorities.
At Giuliani’s office, agents seized devices including a computer belonging to longtime Giuliani assistant Jo Ann Zafonte, Costello said.
Costello also told ABC News that Zafonte was served with a subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury next month.
“They’re trying to make Rudy Giuliani look (even more) like a criminal,” Costello said.
Sources tell ABC News that Giuliani’s electronic devices, including his cellphone, were confiscated by authorities.
A spokesperson and attorney for Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. Officials with the FBI and the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York also declined to comment.
Giuliani’s work on matters related to Ukraine and his business dealings with two Soviet-born associates has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, sources previously told ABC News.
The two businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested and indicted in October 2019 as part of what the government said was a “foreign national donor scheme” that allegedly sought to funnel foreign money to American political candidates.
Parnas and Fruman, along with two others also arrested, allegedly funneled “$1-2 million” from a Russian donor into the US political system between June 2018 and April 2019, according to prosecutors. Both pleaded not guilty.
Parnas and Fruman reportedly assisted Giuliani in his efforts to dig up dirt on the then-Democratic rival of his main client, President Trump. That work eventually became an issue in Trump’s first impeachment.
ABC News reported in December that federal prosecutors in New York were considering pursuing Giuliani’s electronic communications as part of the probe, two sources familiar with the matter said at the time.
Source: ABC News