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Mayor Eric Adams of New York City has denied any awareness of unauthorized foreign contributions to his campaign in light of an FBI raid on a close aide’s residence.
The investigation, probing into allegations of a conspiracy with the Turkish government for illegal foreign donations, has not implicated Adams directly. His statement on Friday emphasized his ignorance of any such fundraising misconduct.
In a statement, Mayor Adams said, “I am outraged and angry if anyone attempted to use the campaign to manipulate our democracy and defraud our campaign. I want to be clear, I have no knowledge, direct or otherwise, of any improper fundraising activity — and certainly not of any foreign money. We will of course work with officials to respond to inquiries, as appropriate–as we always have.”
The inquiry’s focal point is a search warrant demanding records of contributions and communications with the Turkish government or its proxies, extending to travel records of campaign associates to Turkey. It includes scrutiny of a Brooklyn construction firm and a Washington, DC university with Turkish connections.
Despite the investigation, Adams recently highlighted his frequent visits to Turkey, citing it as evidence of a robust relationship, with no indication from authorities that he is under investigation.