The feds may have been spurred to raid Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office based on a voicemail he left a former business associate’s lawyer in which he hinted at having a burner phone, according to a report.
Joseph Bondy, the attorney for ex-associate Lev Parnas, in December submitted a court motion that included the transcript of the voicemail the former New York City mayor left him in November 2019, Newsweek reported.
“Joe, it’s Rudy Giuliani,” the message starts, according to a transcript the mag said was made public last year.
“I’m calling, uh, to see if we can talk either about or with Lev. I have my lawyer with me, but you can call me back at [REDACTED]. That’s [REDACTED],” he reportedly says, adding: “That’s the soon to be gotten rid of number.”
Bondy told Newsweek that he “can confirm the veracity of the statements that I made in that reply motion,” but declined to comment further on matters related to Giuliani.
A source familiar with Giuliani’s previous legal efforts suggested to Newsweek on condition of anonymity that the feds may be pursuing evidence of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations or Foreign Agents Registration Act violations.
The source told the news outlet they did not have specific information about the federal warrants served on Giuliani.
“FARA violations would be one. There could also be Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations or federal campaigns offenses,” the source told Newsweek, adding that the probe may involve allegations Giuliani has made about ties between Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian company where he served as a board member.
A judge would require investigators seeking a search warrant to show probable cause that suggests a subpoena would not be enough to retrieve evidence.
“The magistrate is supposed to look at the totality of circumstances,” the source told Newsweek.
“You need to also show that you believe that it exists now,” the source added. “Serving a subpoena would not be sufficient, meaning you have reason to believe that you wouldn’t be able to get it otherwise. They have reason to believe it’ll be destroyed, or the evidence will be lost in some sort of way.”
In their raid Wednesday, federal agents reportedly seized electronic devices from both of Giuliani’s locations in connection to a probe into his dealings in Ukraine.
The raid marked an escalation in the feds’ probe of the former mayor, who is being investigated over whether he illegally lobbied former President Donald Trump on behalf of officials and oligarchs in Ukraine, according to the New York Times.
Later in the day, Giuliani accused the agents of ignoring copies of Hunter Biden’s computer hard drives when they raided his apartment — and blamed the investigation into his dealings in Ukraine on “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.”