The FBI has been investigating whether or not New York City Mayor Eric Adams accepted illicit payments from the Turkish government for his 2021 campaign, and this week they seized the mayor's personal equipment.
Adams was stopped on the street by FBI officers who had a warrant to seize his electronic devices, as Fox News reported.
Adams' Campaign Response
"After learning of the federal investigation, it was discovered that an individual had recently acted improperly. In the spirit of transparency and cooperation, this behavior was immediately and proactively reported to investigators," Adams' campaign attorney Boyd Johnson said in a statement.
"The Mayor has been and remains committed to cooperating in this matter. On Monday night, the FBI approached the mayor after an event.
He added, "The Mayor immediately complied with the FBI’s request and provided them with electronic devices. The mayor has not been accused of any wrongdoing and continues to cooperate with the investigation."
"As a former member of law enforcement, I expect all members of my staff to follow the law and fully cooperate with any sort of investigation — and I will continue to do exactly that. I have nothing to hide," Adams said.
Other FBI Actions
The action is taken more than a week after the FBI searched the Brooklyn residence of Adams campaign consultant Brianna Suggs, 25, and seized papers, three iPhones, and two laptop computers, in addition to other evidence.
In addition, seven "contribution card binders" and other materials, including what agents identified as a "manila folder labeled Eric Adams," were seized, according to a search warrant obtained by the New York Times.
Additionally, an inquiry is being conducted into the possible participation of a construction firm based in Brooklyn that has connections to Turkey, alongside a small university situated in Washington, D.C., which also has ties to the nation and Adams.
Individuals within Adams' orbit have previously been subjected to financial scrutiny.
The New York Post reports that in September, Adams' former structures department commissioner, Eric Ulrich, was charged with providing political favors in exchange for bribes exceeding $150,000.
And in July, six individuals were charged in a scheme to raise funds for Adams' 2021 campaign through unlawful straw donations by allegedly transferring contributions to another individual in order to circumvent campaign limits.