NYC mayor builds hefty legal war chest to battle FBI investigation

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has amassed a huge war chest over the past two months, reportedly at the center of an ongoing FBI investigation.

Adams is at odds with the White House over President Biden's immigration policies, as New York City grapples with an influx of more than 168,000 migrants from the southern border, and as the FBI continues to investigate the allegations. So far, no one has been publicly accused of wrongdoing. Corruption in city hall to benefit the Turkish government.

In a statement obtained by the New York Daily News and Spectrum News New York 1, Vito Pitta, Mr. Adams' longtime campaign compliance attorney, said Monday that “The Eric Adams Legal Defense Trust has been a strong team in a short period of time. “We received overwhelming support and raised more than 20 million yen.” $650,000 since its inception just two months ago. ”

The trust's first disclosure is expected to be filed on Tuesday, with further details expected.

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Mayor Eric Adams speaks during media availability at City Hall on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 in Manhattan. (Barry Williams, New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Under city regulations, the defense team can only accept donations of up to $5,000 per person, and Adams is not allowed to accept donations from city employees or city businesses. Donors must commit that their donations will not affect their “future business dealings” with the city, the Daily News reported.

The mayor launched the legal defense trust in mid-November after the FBI raided the home of Brianna Suggs, 25, Adams' chief campaign fundraiser. According to the New York Times, federal agents seized two laptop computers, three iPhones and a manila folder with the word “Eric Adams” written on it.

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Mayor Eric Adams sits next to Chief Counsel Ingrid Lewis Martin at City Hall on November 28, 2023. During his press conference, Mayor Adams spoke about the recent FBI investigation into people involved in the mayoral campaign. (via Luis C. Ribeiro, NY Daily News, Getty Images)

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After being raided by the FBI, Mr. Adams abruptly returned from Washington, D.C., ahead of a planned visit to the White House and Congress to discuss the impact of the immigration crisis on the Big Apple.

The bureau is investigating whether Adams' 2021 campaign colluded with the Turkish government and others to funnel money into the coffers. FBI agents also approached Mr. Adams directly after the incident in Manhattan later that month and seized the mayor's electronic devices, including at least two cellphones and an iPad, to execute a search warrant, the Times reported. .

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Mayor Eric Adams in the Blue Room at City Hall, November 28, 2023. (via Luis C. Ribeiro, NY Daily News, Getty Images)


The FBI also searched the homes of Adams' aide at City Hall, Lana Abbasova, and former Turkish Airlines executive Cenk Okal, who was part of the mayor's 2021 transition team, according to the Daily News. Fox News Digital reached out to Pitta for comment on Monday, but he did not immediately respond.