Federal agents on Thursday raided the home of a top fundraiser and longtime confidante to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who abruptly ditched a planned White House meeting and flew home from Washington.
Agents searched the home of Brianna Suggs in Brooklyn on Thursday, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official, who was not authorized to publicly disclose details of the investigation, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
What You Need To Know
- Federal agents on Thursday raided the Brooklyn home of a top fundraiser and longtime confidante to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Brianna Suggs, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press
- The official, who was not authorized to publicly disclose details of the investigation, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. At an unrelated event Thursday night, Adams said he has not been contacted by anyone from any law enforcement agency
- Suggs is a campaign consultant to Adams who raised money for his election effort and also lobbied his administration on behalf of corporate clients
The official did not disclose specific details of the investigation and declined to say whether Suggs was the target of an investigation.
At an unrelated event Thursday night, Adams said he has not been contacted by anyone from any law enforcement agency.
“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 is done correctly,” the mayor said.
At Suggs’ apartment, a neighbor, Christopher Burwell, said he saw close to a dozen people in FBI windbreakers leaving shortly after 9 a.m. The agents were carrying at least one box, he said.
Suggs, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, is a campaign consultant to Adams who raised money for his election effort and also lobbied his administration on behalf of corporate clients.
Adams, who was scheduled to hold meetings with White House officials and other elected leaders in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, cleared his schedule unexpectedly late Thursday morning and made his way back to New York City.
“That’s why I came back from D.C., to be here, to be on the ground and look at this inquiry as it was made,” Adams said.
A sit-down with senior White House staff and other city leaders, including the mayors of Denver and Chicago, proceeded without Adams in attendance. A spokesperson for City Hall declined to comment on the cancellations, deferring comment on the raid to the Adams campaign.
Suggs has worked closely with Adams since at least 2017, when he was Brooklyn borough president. She later joined his mayoral campaign, helping to raise more than $18.4 million for his primary and general elections, according to her LinkedIn profile.
She has continued to solicit donations for his reelection bid, while simultaneously starting her own lobbying firm last year, records show. Her clients have included real estate interests with business before the city, including a Chinatown mall that was seeking a lease renewal.
Her dual efforts as fundraiser and lobbying have drawn scrutiny from good government groups, though she has denied wrongdoing.
Adams' campaigns paid Suggs Solutions LLC more than $150,000 between 2021 and 2023, and the mayor’s 2021 campaign also paid Suggs herself more than $16,000, public records show.
The raid comes less four months after six people were charged in a straw donor conspiracy scheme to divert tens of thousands of dollars to Adams’ campaign. Those charges were filed in state court, and did not directly implicate the mayor.
The former city buildings commissioner under Adams, Eric Ulrich, was also charged in September with using his position to dole out favors, including access to the mayor, in exchange for cash and other bribes.
According to the New York Times, the raid is part of a broader "public corruption investigation" into whether Adams’ mayoral campaign conspired with a Brooklyn construction company and the Turkish government to funnel foreign money" into his campaign.