FBI agents who raided Rudy Giuliani’s home and office earlier this week seized more than 10 computers and phones seeking to contact a dozen others about Marie Yovanovitch’s conduct of her job US ambassador to Ukraine, Reuters reported on Saturday.
The individuals included former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, according to the affidavit supporting the raid, Reuters noted. Shokin was upset by the anti-corruption measures pushed in his country by Yovanovich. He was ousted from his post after then-vice president Joe Biden accused him in 2015 of being corrupt.
In the spring of 2019, then-President Donald Trump ordered Yovanovitch’s dismissal.
Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, confirmed on Friday that Yovanovitch’s name was among eight other people mentioned in a search warrant against his client.
Investigators are looking for evidence that Giuliani acted as a foreign agent, but did not register as such, which is a violation of lobbying laws, according to the warrant against him, NBC reported. The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires disclosure of certain political activities supporting foreign interests.
During his infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the summer of 2019, then-President Donald Trump told him that Yovanovich was “bad news” and that she “was going to go through some things. “. Trump was also captured in a 2018 video angrily telling his associates to “take her out” and “get rid of her.” Giuliani’s communications could shed light on Trump’s willingness to start the ambassador.
Zelensky’s phone call led to Trump’s first indictment in 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. When Zelensky expressed his nation’s gratitude for US military assistance in the appeal, Trump responded by telling him to “do us a favor” and dig up Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Trump at the time was withholding aid and missiles that Congress approved for Ukraine.
Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, was a key witness in the impeachment hearings. She said she believed she was forced to resign because she was fighting corruption. The Republican-dominated Senate voted not to condemn.
During the Giuliani raids on Wednesday, investigators were also seeking contact with former Ukrainian prosecutors Yuriy Lutsenko and Kostiantyn Kulyk, and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, made contracts with Ukrainian officials in 2019 worth hundreds of thousands of dollars while simultaneously researching political filth on Biden for Trump. He told HuffPost it was not a conflict of interest because he “was not paid any.”
Giuliani said in a statement following the raids this week that “his conduct as a lawyer and citizen was absolutely legal and ethical.”
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