The campaign to oust the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is part of the federal inquiry into the dealings of Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump, who dismissed Marie Yovanovitch from her post two years ago.
Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, said Friday that Yovanovitch’s name was among about eight others referenced in a search warrant served during an early morning raid Wednesday at the former New York mayor’s Manhattan apartment and law offices.
Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, was a key witness in the 2019 Trump impeachment hearings in which lawmakers examined the president’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate then-Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The former ambassador’s connection to the Giuliani probe was first reported by the New York Times.
Giuliani has acknowledged that federal investigators are reviewing whether he failed to register as a foreign agent while representing Ukrainian interests in the United States.
On Thursday, Giuliani characterized the FBI raid on his Manhattan apartment and law offices as “unjustified,” and denied any wrongdoing related to his dealings in Ukraine, where he had openly sought to gather damaging information against Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.