FBI Seizes NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ Devices in Fundraising Probe

New York Mayor Eric Adams has had his phones seized by the FBI. (AP)

FBI agents recently seized phones and an iPad from New York City Mayor Eric Adams as part of an ongoing investigation into his campaign fundraising activities. The seizures occurred after an event on Monday night, marking a significant development in the probe.

Mayor Adams, a Democrat, immediately complied with the FBI’s request, providing electronic devices for examination. Despite the seizure, Adams has not been accused of any wrongdoing and continues to cooperate with the investigation, according to a statement from his attorney, Boyd Johnson.

The device seizures followed federal agents’ search of the Brooklyn home of Adams’ top campaign fundraiser, Brianna Suggs. This search prompted the mayor to cancel a planned trip to meet with White House officials and return to New York. The investigation’s focus and details surrounding Suggs’ actions remain undisclosed.

Adams, a former police captain, maintained his commitment to cooperation and transparency in the face of the federal investigation. In a statement, he emphasized his expectation that all members of his staff follow the law and fully cooperate with any investigation, asserting that he has nothing to hide.

Johnson revealed that after learning of the federal investigation, it was discovered that an individual had acted improperly. In the spirit of transparency and cooperation, this behavior was immediately reported to investigators, though no specific details were provided.

The nature of the investigation has not been publicly disclosed by prosecutors. However, a search warrant obtained by The New York Times indicates that authorities are examining whether the Adams campaign conspired with the Turkish government to receive donations from foreign sources funneled through straw donors.

In response to questions, Mayor Adams expressed no personal knowledge of improper fundraising and conveyed his lack of personal fear from the investigation. Neither Adams nor Suggs has been publicly accused of any wrongdoing at this point.

As the investigation unfolds, the public awaits further details on the allegations and the potential implications for Mayor Eric Adams and his campaign. The mayor’s commitment to cooperation and transparency underscores his determination to address the situation responsibly.