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Rabu, 28 April 2021

Donald Trump's former lawyer Rudy Giuliani's New York apartment raided by US authorities, devices seized - ABC News

US federal investigators have searched the New York City apartment of Rudy Giuliani, the city's former mayor and US president Donald Trump's former personal lawyer.

The agents seized electronic devices, escalating a criminal investigation into Mr Giuliani.

Mr Giuliani's lawyer, Bob Costello, confirmed a search warrant had been executed.

Mr Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment as members of the media began to gather outside his apartment.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have been investigating Mr Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine.

While the search warrant does not mean Mr Giuliani committed a crime, it signals that investigators persuaded a judge they believed criminal conduct occurred and that executing the warrant might uncover relevant evidence.

"This is a seismic moment in the investigation," Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said.

"It's a big deal to execute a search warrant concerning an attorney because of issues of attorney-client privilege.

"It's a bigger deal to execute a search warrant of an attorney who worked for the former president."

Two former associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have been charged with campaign finance violations and other crimes.

Mr Parnas's and Mr Fruman's work allegedly included efforts to help Mr Giuliani dig up damaging information before the 2020 election about now-President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, and what prosecutors called an effort to remove then-US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. 

Giuliani's relationship with Donald Trump

Mr Giuliani, 76, began representing Mr Trump, a fellow Republican, in April 2018 in connection with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

His role in Washington was complex, with the former New York mayor frequently proclaiming himself a business consultant and lawyer in the private sector even as he enjoyed extraordinary access to the halls of power.

Doorman at Rudy Giuliani's apartment building
Mr Giuliani is being investigated over his business dealings in Ukraine.(

AP: Mary Altaffer

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Mr Giuliani eventually became a key figure into whether Mr Trump abused his office for personal political gain in his dealings with Ukraine.

Reuters

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