Federal agents on Wednesday executed a search warrant at the Manhattan apartment of former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, advancing a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors that has been underway for months, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Three sources with knowledge of the matter told the New York Times that investigators in Manhattan searched the Upper West Side apartment Wednesday as part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, which resulted in the former president’s first impeachment.
Investigators are primarily interested in whether the former New York City mayor illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs who were helping Giuliani dig up damaging information against the former president’s political rivals, including now-President Joe Biden.
“It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, although Manhattan federal prosecutors have done so before, most notably in recent years against another former lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen,” CNN reports. “Giuliani’s lawyer Robert Costello did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”