(USA Features) Federal authorities have executed a search warrant against Rudy Giuliani, raiding his Upper West Side apartment in New York City on Wednesday in connection to potential criminal dealings in Ukraine.
The New York Times reported that federal authorities confiscated electronic devices belonging to Giuliani, adding that officials with the U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, an office the former NYC mayor and federal prosecutor used to lead, could not comment on the raid.
The warrant is an escalation of the federal government’s investigation into Giuliani over suspicions he illegally lobbied former President Donald Trump on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, the Times added.
At the time, Ukrainian officials were reportedly helping Giuliani investigate allegations of illegality and corruption surrounding then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, the latter of whom served for years in a lucrative board member position for a Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma, whose officials have been linked to corruption.
According to the Times, investigators tried to secure a search warrant for months, but allegedly Trump appointees at the Justice Department blocked the warrant from being issued.
All federal warrants must be approved by a judge. Federal prosecutors must persuade the judge that a search could produce evidence of criminal activity.
Guiliani served as Trump’s personal attorney during his term and helped lead legal challenges to ballot returns in a number of battleground states.
He also led teams of witnesses in presentations to state Republican legislators alleging that evidence proved results were altered in favor of President Biden.