As part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Biden Justice Department is seizing communications between the former mayor and a journalist investigating President Joe Biden’s business dealings with Ukraine.
Agents from the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI raided the New York residence of Giuliani early Wednesday morning. The investigation stems from at least a two-year-old probe into potential crimes of federal lobbying laws. Federal investigators seized Giuliani’s electronic devices.
The warrant presented, however, according to Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, raises questions surrounding the scope and motivation behind the investigation, where prosecutors began issuing subpoenas around the same time of Trump’s first impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats centered on conduct in Ukraine in 2019.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Costello said the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was in communication with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for Ukrainian investigations of President Biden before he was elected.”
Giuliani began to probe the Biden’s family’s business ventures in the same country, where then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, served in a lucrative board role of a notoriously corrupt energy company despite no prior experience in the industry.
Solomon, an investigative journalist, did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.
The FBI has been particularly prone to politically motivated investigations in recent years following its deep-state operation to oust Trump before the Republican executive even took office. Operation Crossfire Hurricane peeled back the curtain on a primary intelligence agency run at the behest of its former Director James Comey compromised by Democrat interests. The operation promoted the conspiracy theory Trump was a covert Russian agent for years – a narrative that ultimately took deep roots among a polarized population where one-half remains convinced of its truth.
A two-year special counsel investigation, however, exonerated Trump of the charges.