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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, former President Trump's former attorney. The raid is part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into Giuliani's lobbying efforts on behalf of Ukraine. Jeff Pegues reports.
GAYLE KING: Now, to a major development in the federal criminal investigation into Rudy Giuliani. Yesterday, the FBI raided his home and office in New York and seized cell phones and other electronic devices. This investigation involves the same US attorney's office Giuliani used to run back in the 1980s. Jeff Pegues is following this story and joins us with the latest. Jeff, good morning to you. Not a good way to start the day for Mr. Giuliani yesterday.
JEFF PEGUES: It certainly was not, Gayle. Giuliani in serious legal jeopardy after this unannounced early morning raid of his New York City apartment. Giuliani, of course, the former president's former personal lawyer and the former mayor of New York City has been under investigation since 2019, when Mr. Trump said Giuliani to Ukraine to dig up dirt on President Biden and his son Hunter ahead of last year's election.
Now, prosecutors are focusing on whether Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs who were helping him acquire that information. They are also looking into Giuliani's involvement in the smear campaign to remove US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch from her position, for allegedly opposing Mr. Trump. Now, Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer said that this search was unnecessary and, quote, "legal thuggert." Tony.
- Time will tell. Jeff, thank you very much.