REVEALED: Rudy Giuliani voicemail to associate's lawyer in 2019 hinting that he had burner phone may have spurred FBI raid

 A dramatic raid of Rudy Giuliani's New York City apartment may have been spurred by a voicemail where the former Mayor of New York City hinted at having a burner phone, it was claimed.

Federal investigators may have been alerted over a November 2019 message Giuliani left his ex associate Lev Parnas in November 2019.

Giuliani is said to have been recorded saying: 'Joe, it’s Rudy Giuliani,’ the message starts.


‘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].’

Giuliani then adds: ‘That’s the soon to be gotten rid of number.’

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, filed a motion in court in December that included a transcript of the voicemail message that the ex-mayor left him.‘

A link of the transcript was found on Wednesday by Newsweek.

Investigators’ raid of Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office on Wednesday may have been spurred by a transcript of a voicemail which surfaced in court recently about the former mayor’s ‘soon to be gotten rid of’ phone

Investigators’ raid of Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office on Wednesday may have been spurred by a transcript of a voicemail which surfaced in court recently about the former mayor’s ‘soon to be gotten rid of’ phone

Joseph Bondy (left), the attorney for former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas (right), filed a motion in court in December that included a transcript of a voicemail message that the ex-mayor left him in November 2019

Joseph Bondy (left), the attorney for former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas (right), filed a motion in court in December that included a transcript of a voicemail message that the ex-mayor left him in November 2019

‘Joe, it’s Rudy Giuliani,’ the message starts. ‘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].’ Giuliani then adds: ‘That’s the soon to be gotten rid of number.’

‘Joe, it’s Rudy Giuliani,’ the message starts. ‘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].’ Giuliani then adds: ‘That’s the soon to be gotten rid of number.’

Parnas is a Giuliani associate who is under indictment on charges of using foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions. He is seen above in December 2019

Parnas is a Giuliani associate who is under indictment on charges of using foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions. He is seen above in December 2019

Bondy told Newsweek that the transcript was accurate.

‘I can confirm the veracity of the statements that I made in that reply motion,’ he said. Further details on what Giuliani may have been referring to have not been disclosed.

A burner phone is a cheap, pay-as-you go mobile phone intended for short term use, and which is untraceable back to its owner. It also remains unclear if Giuliani was implying he used one.  

Federal agents raided Giuliani's Manhattan home and office Wednesday, seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department's investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.

Giuliani, the 76-year-old former New York City mayor once celebrated for his leadership after 9/11, has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to Ukraine. The dual searches sent the strongest signal yet that he could eventually face federal charges.

Agents searched Giuliani’s Madison Avenue apartment and Park Avenue office, people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press.


The warrants, which required approval from the top levels of the Justice Department, signify that prosecutors believe they have probable cause that Giuliani committed a federal crime - though they do not guarantee that charges will materialize.

A third search warrant was served on a phone belonging to Washington lawyer Victoria Toensing, a former federal prosecutor and close ally of Giuliani and Trump.

Her law firm issued a statement saying she was informed that she is not a target of the investigation. 


Andrew Giuliani blasted accused President Joe Biden's Justice Department for playing politics after agents raided his father's apartment and office

Andrew Giuliani blasted accused President Joe Biden's Justice Department for playing politics after agents raided his father's apartment and office

The full scope of the investigation is unclear, but it at least partly involves Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, law enforcement officials have told the AP.

Giuliani's son Andrew has accused the Department of Justice of raiding his father's New York apartment and office for political reasons - and claims agents didn't want to take allegedly incriminating evidence involving Hunter Biden.

'Any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today, by the continued politicization,' furious Andrew, 35, told reporters in the Upper East Side on Wednesday.

'The only piece of evidence that they did not take up there today was the only piece of incriminating evidence that is in there — and it does not belong to my father, it belongs to the current president's son,' he added.

He is believed to have been referring to documents gleaned from a hard drive once said to have been owned by Joe Biden's son Hunter, and messages on it touting access to his then vice president father. 

News of the hard drive broke shortly before the November 2020 election, but did not stop Joe Biden winning the presidential election. The FBI has since taken possession of the laptop in question.  

Giuliani's lawyer Robert Costello blamed the investigation on 'Trump derangement syndrome' and also a accused agents of ignoring Hunter's hard drives during their search. 

Giuliani's team went on the defensive after the raids on Wednesday morning, in a sign that they are stepping up their investigation of his dealings in the Ukraine in a major escalation of the case. 

'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,' Costello said in a statement.

'Their reliance on Mr. Giuliani's credibility tells you everything you need to know about this case,' he added. 

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani's New York City apartment and office, seizing electronic devices

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani's New York City apartment and office, seizing electronic devices

Giuliani claimed he obtained the materials from the laptop of Hunter Biden during the 2020 election. 

He also claimed Biden's son made millions of his work on the board of a gas company in the Ukraine and pushed Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens for corruption. The Bidens have not been charged with that crime. Hunter Biden is being investigated over his taxes.

Both Giuliani's lawyer and his son accused Biden's Justice Department of politicization, a charge made often against the department in President Donald Trump's administration when Trump would publicly pressure his attorneys general to follow his wishes on legal matters. Top DOJ officials would have had to approve the raid.

'It is outrageous that the Trump Derangement Syndrome has gone so far that hatred has driven this unjustified and unethical attack on the United States Attorney and Mayor who did more to reduce crime than virtually any other in American history,' Costello said. 

Giuliani's lawyer Robert Costello blamed the investigation on 'Trump derangement syndrome' and also a accused agents of ignoring Hunter's hard drives during their search

Giuliani's lawyer Robert Costello blamed the investigation on 'Trump derangement syndrome' and also a accused agents of ignoring Hunter's hard drives during their search

The Giuliani team took a page from the Trump playbook, fighting the accusations with charges of their own against a political rival.  

Federal prosecutors have been looking at Giuliani for nearly 1-1/2 years. In November 2019, they sought records of payments to Giuliani as part of an active criminal investigation, according to a grand jury subpoena seen by Reuters.

Prosecutors were investigating money laundering, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, making false statements, obstruction of justice, and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, according to the subpoena.

In addition to the Giuliani raid, FBI agents raided Washington-area home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Giuliani who also had dealings with Ukrainians, The New York Times reported. 

The federal investigation centers on whether Giuliani, who was Donald Trump's personal attorney, acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.

Those were the same group of people who were helping Giuliani search for dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of Ukrainian gas company, during the 2020 election in an effort to help Trump politically.

Toensing represented Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch under indictment in the United States whose help Giuliani sought. She is married to attorney Joseph diGenova and the couple were on the legal team - led by Giuliani - that challenged the 2020 election results on Trump's behalf. 

The raids indicate the investigation of the former New York City mayor has entered an aggressive new phase.  It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, particularly one who has privileged conversations with his client, the former president of the United States.  

Investigators executed the warrants at Giuliani's home on Madison Avenue and his office on Park Avenue and seized electronic devices, a person familiar with the investigation told the AP. 

Michele Herbert, a tenant in Giuliani's building, told reporters on the scene of the raid: 'They were bringing out a lot of stuff.' 

FBI agents also raided Washington-area home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Rudy Giuliani; she is seen with Giuliani and her husband Joe diGenova at a November 2020 press conference at the Republican National Committee; Toensing and diGenova were on the legal team trying to overturn the results

FBI agents also raided Washington-area home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Rudy Giuliani; she is seen with Giuliani and her husband Joe diGenova at a November 2020 press conference at the Republican National Committee; Toensing and diGenova were on the legal team trying to overturn the results

Officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) are seen exiting the apartment building of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) are seen exiting the apartment building of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani's apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

Rudy Giuliani's apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan


Media outside Rudy Giuliani's apartment after its raid by the feds

Media outside Rudy Giuliani's apartment after its raid by the feds

Rudy Giuliani's Park Avenue office was also raided by federal investigators

Rudy Giuliani's Park Avenue office was also raided by federal investigators

A crowd gathered outside of Rudy Giuliani's Upper East side apartment building

A crowd gathered outside of Rudy Giuliani's Upper East side apartment building


Costello also called the searches unnecessary and said Giuliani had offered to answer questions from prosecutors, except those regarding his privileged communications with Trump.

'What they did today was legal thuggery,' Costello told The New York Times . 'Why would you do this to anyone, let alone someone who was the associate attorney general, United States attorney, the mayor of New York City and the personal lawyer to the 45th president of the United States.'

He said the electronic devices seized by the feds covered by attorney-client privilege. 

The United States Attorney's office in Manhattan and the FBI had wanted to execute the warrant on Giuliani's Upper East Side home and office for months but had been stymied by the political leadership put in place at the Justice Department by President Trump. 

To obtain the search warrant, investigators would have needed to convince a judge they had sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and the search would turn up evidence of that. It does not indicate guilt. 

The warrant was originally sought last summer but top officials at DOJ raised concerns about issuing a warrant so close to an election. 

DOJ rules prevent actions close to an election that might be seen as interference – a matter that came up both in 2016 during the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails and in 2020 during the investigation, not publicly revealed, into Hunter Biden over potential tax issues. 

But after Merrick Garland was confirmed as President Biden's attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search. 

Biden vowed to have an independent Justice Department and said he would not interfere in its work, including any investigation it may make of his son Hunter's business dealings.

After news of the raid broke, Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney who was also subject of a federal raid and would eventually plead guilty to eight federal counts, including violating campaign finance law, tweeted: 'Here we go folks.'

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election.

The two Soviet-born men were charged with federal campaign finance violations.

The two, who pleaded not guilty, were arrested at an airport outside Washington carrying one-way tickets to Europe. That investigation is on-going and faced some delays due to the COVID pandemic. 

Trump has said he doesn't know the two men or the work they did. 

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani's role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump's first impeachment trial. Current and former U.S. officials testified at that inquiry that Giuliani carried out a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine.

As Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation of the Bidens, he pushed to have Yovanovitch removed, seeing her as an obstacle to his efforts to produce a probe that would benefit Trump politically. 

At Giuliani's urging, Trump had her recalled. 

Giuliani's neighbor Michele Hebert, the ex-wife of Pantone creator Larry Hevert, said she saw the FBI 'taking a lot of stuff' out of his Upper East Side apartment during their raid on Wednesday

Giuliani's neighbor Michele Hebert, the ex-wife of Pantone creator Larry Hevert, said she saw the FBI 'taking a lot of stuff' out of his Upper East Side apartment during their raid on Wednesday

Hebert, who divorced from Larry in 2017, spoke to the waiting press at the former Trump lawyer's Manhattan address after the Department of Justice carried out a search warrant connected to his business dealings with Ukraine
'I probably saw FBI jackets. And I saw all you people (the media) and I said, "what is going on?" she said Wednesday afternoon.

Hebert, who divorced from Larry in 2017, spoke to the waiting press at the former Trump lawyer's Manhattan address after the Department of Justice carried out a search warrant connected to his business dealings with Ukraine

She added that her ex Larry called her and said 'look out the window' when he saw the news break. 'They were bringing out a lot of stuff,' she said when asked about what the federal agents were doing

She added that her ex Larry called her and said 'look out the window' when he saw the news break. 'They were bringing out a lot of stuff,' she said when asked about what the federal agents were doing


Press and members of the public crowd the street in front of Giuliani's condo building

Press and members of the public crowd the street in front of Giuliani's condo building

Michele Herbert, a neighbor of Rudy Giuliani speaks to members of the press about what she saw of the Wednesday morning raid

Michele Herbert, a neighbor of Rudy Giuliani speaks to members of the press about what she saw of the Wednesday morning raid

Pictured: Lev Parnas
Pictured: Igor Fruman

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election and were charged with violating the ban on political donations by foreign nationals in October 2019

Lev Parnas, center, and Igor Fruman with Rudy Giuliani at far right, Trump second right, and VP Mike Pence left

Lev Parnas, center, and Igor Fruman with Rudy Giuliani at far right, Trump second right, and VP Mike Pence left

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani's role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump's first impeachment trial
Prosecutors are also looking into Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine's then-top prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, who was helping Giuliani in his dirt-digging mission

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani's role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump's first impeachment trial. Prosecutors are also looking into Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine's then-top prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, who was helping Giuliani in his dirt-digging mission


Prosecutors are examining whether Giuliani was working not only for Trump, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who wanted Yovanovitch dismissed for their own reasons, The Times reported. 

Giuliani later bragged about having her removed, saying he 'forced' her out as she was making his push for the Ukrainians to investigate the Bidens 'difficult.' 

Trump was impeached on two counts in his first trial after reports of a July 25, 2019, phone call in which Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden and also a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.  

Trump was acquitted by the Senate. 

Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, it is a federal crime to try to influence or lobby the US government at the request or direction of a foreign official without disclosing it to the Justice Department.  

Prosecutors are also looking into Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine's then-top prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, who was crucial to Giuliani's efforts to produce damaging information on the Bidens. 

No such information ever came to light, neither Biden has been charged with a crime and Hunter Biden stepped down from Burisma's board during the 2020 election. Hunter Biden is under tax investigation.

Investigators have examined conversations Giuliani had about taking on hundreds of thousands of dollars in apparently unrelated consulting business from Lutsenko, but that deal never happened.

Trump praised Lutsenko as a 'very good prosecutor' during that phone call with Zelensky.

Giuliani visited the Ukraine in December 2019 to film a documentary series to give Trump supporters an alternative narrative about what happened with the Zelensky phone call and Trump's first impeachment trial. 

He denied anything ever came of his six-figure arrangements to do work for Ukrainian officials.

'I thought that would be too complicated,' he told the New York Times in 2019. 'I never received a penny.' 

'Originally, I thought I would do it. And then when I thought it over,' Giuliani told the paper. 'I thought it would look bad.'  

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