NYC Mayor Lashes Out After Alleged FBI Leak of Corruption Probe

By Jerry McConway, updated on November 13, 2023

Less than two weeks ago, a primary fundraiser for New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Brianna Suggs, had her home raided by the FBI.

Last week, Adams' phone was confiscated by the FBI.

Now Adams is trying to deflect, calling out the FBI for an alleged leak.

Talking Points…

  • The FBI raids
  • Eric Adams comments on FBI leak
  • Analysis

The FBI Raids

On November 2, the FBI raided the home of Brianna Suggs, a top fundraiser for New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

The raid was connected to a probe regarding alleged illegal funds that were funneled through Adams' campaign.

According to the report, foreign funds were donated to the campaign via a Williamsburg-based construction company, more than likely when Adams was out of town.

After the raid took place, Adams stated:

"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."

Eric Adams Comments

Last week, the narrative that Adams was out of the loop regarding the alleged campaign scam started to change.

The FBI seized Mayor Adams' devices in relation to the investigation into Suggs. At least two cell phones and an iPad were taken.

Adams' attorney, Boyd Johnson, stated:

"After learning of the federal investigation, it was discovered that an individual had recently acted improperly.

"In the spirit of transparency and cooperation, this behavior was immediately and proactively reported to investigators."

The tone from Adams started to change this week as rumors started to surface that Adams may be more involved in this scandal than initially thought.

City Hall Chief Counsel Lisa Zornberg stated:

"The mayor and our team are continuing to work with investigators and cooperate. We hope that investigators will continue to cooperate with us and reprimand any federal officer who has improperly leaked details about this investigation as such conduct could prejudice the public and undermines the integrity of our law enforcement process."

Analysis

To this point, Adams has not been accused of any wrongdoing by the FBI. His camp was adamant about pointing that out.

His attorney stated this, and his campaign also released a statement:

"As a borough president, part of my routine role was to notify government agencies of issues on behalf of constituents and constituencies. I have not been accused of wrongdoing, and I will continue to cooperate with investigators."

It is the timing of the contributions that got everyone's ears up. Were they done when he was out of town to do this behind his back, or was this for plausible deniability?

Adams is widely considered a rising star in the Democrat Party, so if he ends up getting directly linked to this, it could take out a future presidential candidate for the Democrat Party.

I will refrain from making any judgments on my part, but I can say that if Suggs is found guilty, this is something that will impact far more than Adams.

The FBI has not yet commented on the matter, and we would expect the agency to be rather tight-lipped on this until this investigation had been concluded.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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