The attorney for the former New York Mayor, a Republican, confirmed that a search warrant had been carried out and that federal investigators confiscated the computers.
Bob Costello said in a statement that Rudy Giuliani, 76, denied any improper pressure and that the seized material contained material privileged by attorney and client.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have opened an investigation into Rudy Giuliani’s business ties with Ukraine, including his efforts to push Ukrainian authorities to investigate allegations ahead of the US presidential election last November, which are now targeting President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who have denied wrongdoing.
A spokesman for the Manhattan Attorney General’s office declined a request for comment.
Rudy Giuliani became an advisor to Republican Donald Trump in April 2018, as Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller investigated alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between Russian officials and the campaign.
While issuing a search warrant does not mean that Rudy Giuliani, 76, has committed a crime, it does indicate that investigators have convinced the judge that the embezzlement occurred and that a search of Giuliani’s home could help uncover the evidence.
It is a seismic moment in the investigationSaid Jessica Levinson, who teaches at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Finding a lawyer who worked for the former president is a huge thing.
In Washington, the role of Rudy Giuliani was complicated, with the former New York mayor often portraying himself as a business advisor and lawyer in the private sector despite his unusual reach into the bowels of power.
Two of Giuliani’s former assistants, Lev Parnas and Igor Froman, For violating campaign finance rules and other crimes. The two men were privately tasked with finding compromising information about Biden, while prosecutors described them as steps to sack the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Mary Yovanovich.