- FBI searches home of Mayor Eric Adams’ campaign consultant Brianna Suggs for illegal foreign donations.
- Investigation scrutinizes potential ties and kickbacks involving a Brooklyn construction firm and a DC university, both linked to Turkey.
- Items seized from Suggs’ residence include iPhones, laptops, and fundraising materials, but she has not been arrested.
In an aggressive move by federal authorities, FBI agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Brianna Suggs, a key campaign consultant for New York Mayor Eric Adams, signaling the start of a broad investigation into Adams’ campaign finances.
The focal point: illegal foreign contributions allegedly originating from Turkey.
The warrant, obtained by The New York Times, indicates suspicions of a conspiracy to funnel Turkish government funds into the campaign’s coffers. Federal eyes are also closely examining a Brooklyn-based construction firm and a Washington, D.C. university for their potential roles in the scheme.
The FBI is probing whether Adams’ campaign offered any kickbacks to the construction company or Turkish officials.
The possible violations listed include “theft of federal funds and conspiracy to steal federal funds, wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy,” alongside concerns of foreign nationals illegally contributing to the campaign.
As agents sifted through Suggs’ home, seizing iPhones, laptops, and campaign documents, Suggs herself faced questioning but was not taken into custody.
Meanwhile, Mayor Adams, who has frequented Turkey on trips funded by its government during his tenure as Brooklyn borough president, abruptly cancelled a trip to Washington, D.C. to address the unfolding situation, though he has not been personally contacted by law enforcement.
Suggs, who spearheaded the financial arm of Adams’ 2021 campaign, amassing $18.4 million and an additional $900,000 for his upcoming reelection bid, has not been formally accused of any wrongdoing.
As the investigation progresses, the items taken from her home, including a folder conspicuously labeled “Eric Adams,” could prove pivotal in unraveling the extent of the alleged illicit contributions.
Mayor Adams, while asserting his campaign’s ethical integrity, remains uncharged amid this developing controversy.
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