High-Ranking Official's FBI Report Sparks Intrigue In Mayor Adams' Investigation

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 27 November 2023 15:20
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In a recent development, a high-ranking city official reported to the FBI about alleged misconduct involving Rana Abbasova, a City Hall staffer.

According to an anonymous source close to the investigation into Mayor Eric Adams' campaign, Abbasova allegedly instructed her colleagues to erase their text conversations shortly after federal agents searched her New Jersey residence.

The source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the federal investigation, indicated that Abbasova's alleged directive to her colleagues to delete their communications was the "improper" behavior referred to by Mayor Adams' personal attorney, Boyd Johnson. Johnson had stated two weeks prior that an individual had recently acted inappropriately, and this behavior was promptly reported to investigators.

The source further suggested that Abbasova's purported conversations were part of the reason for the FBI's seizure of Mayor Adams' mobile phones on a lower Manhattan street, days after the raid. An official from Adams' administration confirmed that Abbasova has since been put on leave.

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The identities of the colleagues Abbasova allegedly contacted after the raid remain unknown. The source informed The News that these colleagues are responsible for scheduling and accompanying the mayor to events, commonly referred to as "advance" work, but did not disclose their names.

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The federal investigation into Adams' 2021 mayoral campaign became public knowledge on November 2, following a raid on the Brooklyn home of Brianna Suggs, a leading fundraiser for Adams' successful City Hall campaign. Investigators confiscated electronic devices and other records from her home, including a folder labeled "Eric Adams."

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The focus of the investigation is to determine whether Adams' campaign accepted illegal donations from the Turkish government, funneled through so-called straw donors. No accusations of wrongdoing have been made against Adams, Suggs, or Abbasova.

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When questioned about Abbasova at an unrelated announcement in the East Village on Monday, Adams did not respond directly. Instead, he reiterated his commitment to "participate [and] cooperate" with investigators, stating, "Let the reviewers do their job, and I'm going to do mine."

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The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office, which is leading the investigation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Abbasova also did not return calls.

On the same day as the Suggs' raid, federal agents also searched Abbasova's home and confiscated her devices, as first reported by The News.

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Abbasova's tenure with Adams dates back to his time as Brooklyn borough president. After his move to City Hall, she joined the administration to handle advance work for the mayor. Her online bio states that she works as an international affairs protocol director, responsible for "vetting foreign delegations, organizing meetings with foreign delegations for the mayor and [International Affairs Commissioner Ed Mermelstein], and creating events for foreign dignitaries."

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Her bio further states that during her time in Borough Hall, she was responsible "for international relations and maintaining relationships between the Borough President and stakeholders, including the Middle East and Central Asian countries, Muslim and Russian-speaking communities."

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