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Rudy Giuliani’s apartment and office searched as part of criminal investigation

Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had his home and office searched by federal authorities today for a criminal investigation.

Federal investigators in the United States have searched the apartment and office of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and seized electronic devices as part of a criminal investigation.

Mr. Giuliani, a former prosecutor who served as mayor of New York City from 1994-2001, led Mr. Trump’s legal team in its fruitless efforts to overturn last year’s election result in court.

He also featured prominently in the series of events that led to Mr. Trump’s first impeachment, as he dug for dirt on then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter overseas.

It’s that work, specifically relating to Ukraine, which reportedly led to today’s raids.

The New York Times was the first to report that investigators had executed search warrants at Mr. Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment, located on Madison Avenue, and his office on Park Avenue. That happened at about 6am on Wednesday, local time.

“The execution of search warrants is an extraordinary action for prosecutors to take against a lawyer, let alone a lawyer for a former president,” the newspaper noted.

“To obtain a search warrant, investigators must persuade a judge they have sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and that the search would turn up evidence of the crime.” It said authorities were investigating whether Mr. Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of “Ukrainian officials and oligarchs” who were helping in his search for damaging information about Mr. Biden.

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