Rudy Giuliani’s Apartment Searched By Feds, Electronic Devices Seized

Rudy Giuliani at Trump press conference (screen capture)

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and personal lawyer to Donald Trump, was served a search warrant on Wednesday by federal investigators at his Upper East Side apartment in Manhattan.

The search, which resulted in Giuliani’s electronic devices being confiscated, was part of an investigation into whether Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings with Ukraine while working for Trump.

From the New York Times:

Executing a search warrant is an extraordinary move for prosecutors to take against a lawyer, let alone a lawyer for a former president, and it marks a major turning point in the long-running investigation into Mr. Giuliani.

The federal authorities have been largely focused on whether Mr. Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, who at the same time were helping Mr. Giuliani search for dirt on Mr. Trump’s political rivals, including President Biden, who was then a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Read the full article at the New York Times.

The Times notes that during the Trump administration, high level officials worked to block the approval of the search warrant. But once Merrick Garland took over as Attorney General, the warrant was approved.

Trump’s former former lawyer Michael Cohen tweeted the news this morning.

TMZ: Search Warrant Served On Prince’s Home

TMZ is reporting that a search warrant has been issued allowing police to search the home of recently deceased music icon Prince.

The warrant was issued Thursday in Carver County, Minnesota, allowing cops to search the home in Paisley Park Studios, where the singer lived and died. Our sources say authorities want to see if there’s evidence of drugs, correspondence, prescriptions and medical information that could help in the death investigation.

The sheriff’s office says in the request for a warrant … they want to keep the information in the warrant confidential because “premature disclosure of the details provided in the search warrant and its accompanying documents may compromise this law enforcement investigation by causing the search or related searches to be unsuccessful.”

Translation … we know authorities are interested in drugs that were prescribed by doctors and filled by pharmacies, and they don’t want evidence tampering.

The judge ordered that the sensitive documents be sealed for 6 months or until the commencement of any criminal case.