Federal prosecutors refuse to press charges against Rudy Giuliani after FBI raid

Federal prosecutors in New York said Monday they had declined to file criminal charges against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, more than a year after his home and office were searched by the FBI.

In a letter to the court, prosecutors said the grand jury’s investigation “concluded that, based on the information currently available to the government, no charges will be filed.”

Prosecutors asked the court to end the appointment of Barbara S. Jones, the retired federal judge who had been appointed special director in the case.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan had ruled whether Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers and a close adviser, violated lobbying laws while campaigning to oust then-US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch to Ukraine.

PHOTO: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a Get Out the Vote Bus Tour campaign event for Republican gubernatorial nominee for New York Rep. Lee Zeldin on November 1, 2022, RN.Y.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a Get Out the Vote Bus Tour campaign event for Republican gubernatorial nominee for New York Rep. Lee Zeldin on November 1, 2022, RN.Y.

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The FBI seized more than a dozen devices from Giuliani’s home and office in an April 2021 search. Jones had checked the contents.

Giuliani “was very pleased” to learn Monday that he would not face foreign lobbying charges, his attorney told ABC News.

The attorney, Bob Costello, said he informed Giuliani shortly after the US Attorney’s office issued their letter.

“We’re very glad they did,” said Costello. “I’m not surprised they did that because I saw the evidence, or lack thereof, and knew Rudy Giuliani did nothing wrong.”

“They deviated from office policy by making a statement like this, which is very nice because there is now a reminder that Rudy Giuliani did nothing wrong in Ukraine.” Costello added he wished that Prosecutors would have done it earlier.

PHOTO: Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

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A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment beyond the letter, which was placed on the public file.

Costello had denied any wrongdoing by his client, speaking to ABC News when Giuliani’s home and office were raided last year.

“You’re trying to make Rudy Giuliani look like a criminal. He didn’t do anything wrong,” Costello said in April 2021.

On April 28, 2021, Giuliani was awakened at 6 a.m. at his home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side by federal agents, Costello told ABC News. Agents took electronic equipment, including Giuliani’s cellphone, while at his office they seized equipment, including a computer belonging to longtime Giuliani assistant Jo Ann Zafonte, Costello said.

Giuliani, though now off the hook in New York’s Southern District, remains a target of Georgia detectives for his role in trying to reverse the results of the 2020 election.

ABC News’ Lucien Bruggeman, Olivia Rubin, Mark Crudele and John Santucci contributed to this report.

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