The former attorney for Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, got an unexpected wake-up call on Wednesday. FBI agents executed a search warrant at his Upper West Side Apartment just after sunrise. During their work, agents seized several of the former mayor’s electronic devices.
After the search was completed, Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, spoke to press. He explained that the search was connected to possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act tied to Trump’s Ukraine-related work.
“Mr. Giuliani respects the law, and he can demonstrate that his conduct as a lawyer and a citizen was absolutely legal and ethical,” Costello told reporters.
Giuliani was not the only person who woke up to a search warrant. His former colleague, Victoria Toensing, also received a search warrant for her cell phone. Toensing worked with Giuliani on several Ukraine-related matters.
“She would have been happy to turn over any relevant documents. All they had to do was ask. Ms. Toensing was informed that she is not a target of the investigation,” a statement from Toensing’s law firm reads.
Trump’s relationship with the Ukrainian government has been a topic of conversation for some time now. During the later stages of his presidency, Trump was accused of withholding aid from the European nation in exchange for quid pro quo. He was investigated and later impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives before being saved in the U.S. Senate.
Giuliani and Trump have denied any and all wrongdoing related to the matter. Trump has not issued a statement in regards to this most recent developent.