Federal agents execute search warrant on Rudy Giuliani's apartment

Elias Hubbard
April 28, 2021

The report listed one possible charge as a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which, according to the Justice Department, requires individuals lobbying the US government on behalf of foreign officials to periodically disclose their activities to authorities.

Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, has been the focus of an investigation concerning his activities in Ukraine, including whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation linked to Trump's primary political rival, President Joe Biden, CNN has reported. Details of the reasons for the search were not immediately available.

A spokesperson and attorney for Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

The warrant was in relation to an ongoing probe led by federal prosecutors from the Southern District of NY regarding Giuliani's alleged lobbying efforts overseas during the Trump presidency, which was a key focus of the first impeachment case against then-President Trump. Those efforts led to Trump's second impeachment trial after he left office.

Giuliani gained early renown in the 1980s as the US attorney in Manhattan, where he put leaders of five New York Mafia families in prison and successfully prosecuted Wall Street's "junk bond king", Michael Milken.

Costello said subpoenas indicate investigators are seeking Giuliani's communications with a long list of individuals, including Parnas and Fruman, as well as the journalist John Solomon, who helped amplify Giuliani's claims tied to Ukraine. In 2008, Giuliani ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination.

"He was someone that tried to pass information to me". Everything was sitting "in plain view", he said.

The federal Foreign Agents Registration Act requires people who lobby on behalf of a foreign government or entity to register with the Justice Department.

In recent years, Giuliani monetized his reputation for security and policing into lucrative side ventures.

Officials in the Trump-era Justice Department would not sign off on the request, according to multiple people who insisted on anonymity to speak about the ongoing investigation with which they were familiar.

The issue was widely expected to be revisited by the Justice Department once U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland assumed office. Garland was confirmed last month and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco was confirmed to her position and sworn in last week.

A lawyer for Giuliani, Bob Costello, confirmed that a search warrant had been executed.

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