Feds eye Rudy Giuliani ties to ex-Ukrainian top prosecutor, source says
Feds eye Rudy Giuliani ties to ex-Ukrainian top prosecutor
Federal authorities who raided Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office on Wednesday are eyeing the former mayor’s relationship with ex-Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, a source familiar with the situation told The Post.
The former mayor’s legal team believes the feds are probing if Giuliani represented Lutsenko in some capacity and therefore violated the foreign agents registration act, the source added.
Lutsenko is named in the search warrants federal investigators executed yesterday at Giuliani’s home and office, according to the source.
A spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York declined to comment.
Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general of Ukraine, played a central role in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment and was one of several Ukrainian officials who fed Giuliani potentially damaging information about Trump’s political rivals.
At the same time Giuliani was working with Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, he also urged Trump to fire the US ambassador to the country — a goal shared by the Ukrainian officials.
Prosecutors have been probing if Giuliani was working on behalf of Ukrainian officials to get the ambassador fired, the New York Times reported.
The Times also reported that the feds have probed discussions Giuliani had with Lutsenko about taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in a consulting deal that was never executed.
On Wednesday, federal agents raided Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment and Manhattan office and confiscated a number of his electronic devices.
They also confiscated electronic devices from Washington, D.C., lawyer Victoria Toensing, a close associate of Giuliani.
The former mayor blasted the raid in a statement Wednesday, calling it “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
In a statement released by his lawyer, Giuliani said the FBI “steadfastly declined” to take the hard drives when he “offered them on several occasions.”
“Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani’s word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani,” the statement said.
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