Reportedly, the FBI is conducting an inquiry into whether the campaign of New York City Mayor Eric Adams colluded with the Turkish government to obtain illicit contributions prior to his successful mayoral campaign in 2021.
Thursday, The New York Times reported that the bureau had conducted an investigation into an Adams campaign consultant.
The newspaper identified the consultant as Adams’ principal fundraiser Brianna Suggs, who assisted him in amassing millions of dollars prior to the candidate’s election.
Thursday saw the arrival of FBI agents at Suggs’ Brooklyn residence, but she was not apprehended.
When asked about the raid, an FBI official stated, “We are at that location carrying out law enforcement action” but did not elaborate further.
A subpoena was reportedly issued to Suggs to appear before a grand jury in Manhattan, as reported by The New York Times.
New York federal prosecutors refrained from commenting on the search or the subpoena.
The subpoena also referenced a New York City construction firm that, according to the New York Times, investigators suspect has connections to Turkey, a country with which Adams is intimately acquainted.
The newspaper reported: “According to the search warrant, investigators were also focused on whether the mayor’s campaign kicked back benefits to the construction company’s officials and employees, and to Turkish officials.
“The agents seized three iPhones and two laptop computers, along with papers and other evidence, including something agents identified as ‘manila folder labeled Eric Adams,’ seven ‘contribution card binders’ and other materials, according to the document.”
According to reports, Adams was en route to a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. when Suggs’ residence was raided.
He turned around and headed back to New York, per the report, in order to “deal with the matter.”
The Times was informed in a statement by Fabien Levy, the deputy mayor for communications, that Adams did not approach the investigation casually.
“The mayor heard of an issue related to the campaign and takes these issues seriously, so wanted to get back to New York as quickly as possible,” Fabien said.
Levy added, “[Adams] plans to return to D.C. and reschedule these meetings as soon as he can.”
As for the scope of the investigation, the Times reported the FBI believes money from Turkey was directed to Adams’ campaign by the construction company and others.
“The warrant suggested that some of the foreign campaign contributions were made as part of a straw donor scheme, where donations are made in the names of people who did not actually give money,” the Times reported.
The report added, “Investigators sought evidence to support potential charges that included the theft of federal funds and conspiracy to steal federal funds, wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, as well as campaign contributions by foreign nationals and conspiracy to make such contributions.”
Adams reportedly boasted last week or so regarding his relationships in Turkey.