The raid of the home of New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ campaign consultant quite literally had his name on it as a folder was counted among seizures by the FBI regarding potential. illegal foreign donations.
Though his plans had called for a trip to Washington, D.C. to kvetch to President Joe Biden and a congressional delegation about illegal aliens in the Big Apple, damage control forced a quick turnaround Thursday when Hizzoner learned about the raid.
Part of a “broad public corruption investigation,” The New York Times detailed how in addition to two laptops, three iPhones, seven “contribution card binders” and other items, the search warrant permitted federal agents to seize a “manila folder labeled Eric Adams” from the Brooklyn home of 25-year-old campaign consultant Brianna Suggs.
“I hold my campaign to the highest ethical standards. Any inquiry that is done we’re going to fully participate and make sure that it’s done correctly,” the mayor had told members of the press Thursday evening while attending a Día de los Muertos event at Gracie Mansion. “I have not been contacted by anyone from any law enforcement agency, and that’s why I came back from the D.C., to be here, to be on the ground and look at this inquiry as it was made.”
As previously reported, domestic sources of donations tied to Turkey included Brooklyn construction company KSK Construction Group, and D.C.-based, Turkish-owned Bay Atlantic University. That institution had been linked to Adams since he had served as Brooklyn borough president.
Also dating back to his previous office, the New York Post reported that Suggs had been an aide for Adams prior to serving as campaign consultant and that her firm had taken in over $150,000 since 2021.
Previewing a sit-down interview with the mayor set to premiere Sunday, PIX 11’s Dan Mannarino featured some of his questioning of Adams related to the concerning allegations about the Turkish government’s alleged connection to the mayoral campaign on X.
“I was notified by the team that something was taking place with the campaign staffer, and I wanted to be here to make sure we fully complied. I have one of the best compliance teams that any campaign has ever had,” he told the news anchor. “If anyone did anything inappropriate outside of our compliance procedures, law enforcement will determine that. This is new and evolving. I have not been contacted by any law enforcement agency and no one has been told they did anything wrong.”
NEW: “I felt the need of being here in the city,” says @NYCMayor in his first sit-down interview with @PIX11News since his campaign fundraisers apartment was raided by the FBI. pic.twitter.com/33xHI3EADQ
— Dan Mannarino (@DanMannarino) November 3, 2023
On Suggs, he specifically noted, “She is a very bright, energetic young lady. She led the fundraising numbers when you look at the entire campaign. I have full confidence in her integrity and how hard she worked. Often young African American ladies don’t get the opportunity that others received in the business of politics, she stood up.”
The consultant had reportedly already brought in over $2.5 million toward Adams’ 2025 re-election effort following an $18.4 million haul for the 2021 race, and the mayor insisted, “I have full confidence in her. She has done an amazing job. She will stay with the campaign team and I would love for her to stay with the campaign team.”
Scrutiny of Suggs comes after Adams’ former building department commissioner Eric Ulrich had been charged in September with providing political favor in exchange for more than $150,00 in bribes, the Post had reported, and after six were charged in July for raising money from straw donations (donations later reimbursed by another) to the mayoral campaign.
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