Now the FBI is raiding multiple people within the Giuliani circle. t.co/GdqIbrq21S
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) April 28, 2021
Raid on Giuliani Concerns John Solomon Conversations, Victoria Toensing Also Served With
As I reported earlier, federal authorities served a search warrant at the Manhattan apartment of Rudy Giuliani demanding that he turn over his electronic devices.
Now, more detail is in. The execution of this search warrant was apparently geared for maximum pain and embarrassment in media. Seven FBI agents came to Giuliani’s home at 6 a.m. and he handed over a phone, a laptop, and an iPad. Then multiple sources leaked about the raid to the media.
They appear to be looking into the question of lobbying on behalf of Ukrainian officials and not being registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. But in general, that’s been considered something of a back-bencher “crime” to go after, so the reaction appears very excessive if that’s what they’re claiming.
Giuliani’s attorney said exactly that. “This is totally unnecessary,” Costello told Fox News, claiming that the raid was done to “make him look like he’s some sort of criminal.”
But it gets more troubling.
Mr. Costello said authorities arrived at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment at 6 a.m. and seized his electronic devices. Mr. Costello said the search warrant describes the investigation as a probe into a possible violation of foreign lobbying rules. Mr. Costello said the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was corresponding with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine. Mr. Solomon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fox News anchor John Roberts reported that detail on air: “The warrants sought communications between Rudy Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, who, of course, is a well-known columnist, who was in communication with Rudy Giuliani about efforts to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine.”
h/t Coastie Patriot