As it turns out, the FBI seized iPhones, laptops, papers and a manila folder marked “Eric Adams” from the home of the mayor’s main fundraiser.
The Brooklyn home was searched Thursday morning as part of an investigation into an alleged bribery scheme involving the Turkish government, a Washington DC university and a Brooklyn construction company.
Brianna Suggs’ home in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn was ransacked while Adams was on his way to meetings in Washington, D.C., forcing him to abruptly cancel and return to “take care of a matter.” The timing was deliberate, sources said.
The agents seized three iPhones, two laptops, papers and a “Manila folder marked ‘Eric Adams,'” the New York Times reported.
They also took seven “contribution card folders” with them.
Agents searched the home of Brianna Suggs (left), a campaign consultant who helped Adams (right) raise $2.5 million for his 2025 election
Agents in FBI vests were among those removing boxes from the home
The search warrant, the newspaper said, sought financial records for the 25-year-old Suggs and all companies controlled or affiliated with her; and documents related to contributions to the mayor’s 2021 election campaign.
The agents also requested records of travel to Turkey by any campaign staff, officials or associates. and documents related to interactions between the campaign and the Turkish government, “including individuals acting on behalf of the Turkish government.”
The team searched for documents related to Bay Atlantic University, a small Turkish institution that opened in Washington DC in 2014.
Adams attended one of the school’s sister universities in Istanbul in 2015, where he was awarded various certificates and told that a scholarship would be established in his name.
Adams has bragged about how much he loves Turkey, and last week he hosted a flag raising for Turkey in Lower Manhattan.
“I think I’m on my sixth or seventh visit,” he said, adding that no other mayor in New York history has been as close to the country as he has been.
The mayor said Thursday he would cooperate with the investigation.
He said ABC News: “I feel extremely comfortable with how I follow rules and procedures.”
“I set high standards for myself, I set high standards for my campaign and I set high standards for my staff at City Hall.”
“I understand that it is my responsibility to maintain a high standard and I will comply with any request that is made and I require my team to do the same.”
There was no indication that the investigation targeted the mayor and he is not accused of any wrongdoing.
Adams told an audience at Gracie Mansion Thursday night that he had not been contacted by any police officers.
Authorities are investigating whether the campaign conspired with a Brooklyn construction company and the Turkish government to funnel foreign money into the campaign’s coffers, apparently through a straw donor scheme.
The construction company was identified in the warrant as KSK Construction Group in Brooklyn, the newspaper said, and KSK employees donated nearly $14,000 to Adams’ 2021 campaign, according to campaign finance records.
Some of the agents present were from the public corruption department, the newspaper said.
Adams was on his way to D.C. for meetings to discuss the city’s refugee crisis when he learned of the raid.
He filmed a video of himself on the plane on the way there on Thursday morning.
He returned to New York City without explanation while other city mayors remained in D.C. for the talks.
The warrant was considered evidence of theft of federal funds and conspiracy to steal federal funds. wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy; and campaign contributions from foreigners and conspiracy to make such contributions, according to the New York Times.
Investigators were reportedly interested in whether the campaign benefited the construction company’s officials and employees, as well as Turkish officials.
Vito Pitta, an attorney for Adams’ 2021 and 2025 campaigns, said: “The campaign has always held itself to the highest standards.”
“The campaign will of course comply with all requests where appropriate.”
Pitta added, “Mayor Adams has not been contacted as part of this investigation.”
Neighbors told DailyMail.com that agents arrived at 9 a.m. and came out with boxes.
Agents are shown outside Suggs’ home in Crown Heights on Thursday after the raid
They described Suggs as coming from a “nice family.”
“I know the whole family are very good people.” They are a very good family.
“I saw the FBI on the block and it was scary, it was really scary,” said Christopher Kelly Burwell, 54.
With Suggs’ help, Adams has raised more than $2.5 million for his re-election campaign.
The couple has worked together since 2017, when she joined his Brooklyn Borough President’s office to work as an administrative intern.
Suggs was Adams’ fundraiser and logistics director for his successful 2021 mayoral campaign. She now works as a fundraiser for the Kings County Democratic County Committee.
Adams, known as the “party mayor,” has left a bitter taste in some people’s mouths because of his avid revelers and appearances at hotspots such as expensive members’ clubs.
In 2021, six people were charged with illegal donations to Adams’ first campaign.
Adams was scheduled to be in Washington DC today to meet with officials about the city’s migrant crisis. When news of the raid broke, he abruptly returned to NYC
The men included former police officers Adams worked with at the NYPD. They were accused of using false names to conceal their donations.
Prosecutors claimed they wanted to influence the mayor’s office and potentially win city contracts.
Adams was exonerated and prosecutors said he had no knowledge of the plan.
Earlier this year, Suggs was criticized for accepting donations to Adams’ re-election campaign while simultaneously working against him on behalf of a Manhattan property owner who had business with the city.
Some speculated that the conflict of interest would lead to a pay-for-play policy.
“The reason I think it should be illegal is because when you work for a campaign, they are close to you, and then that person does the same lobbying.” [official] She’s raising money for it, she’s going to get preferential treatment… and that means her customer is going to get preferential treatment.
“It just doesn’t look good.” “It doesn’t pass the smell test,” said Betsy Gotbaum, a city government veteran The New York Daily News In April.
A recent report from The city also claims Adams’ 2021 campaign repeatedly ignored requests to name donors who gave more than $300,000.
Their donations, divided among 500 donors, took advantage of a city donation matching program that boosts payments.