On Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams downplayed the FBI raid on the home of his top campaign fundraiser, saying he still has “full confidence” in the young political operative, who is accused of being involved in foreign election interference.
On early Thursday morning, the home of Adams staffer Brianna Suggs was raided by the FBI. The agency removed three iPhones, two computers and several boxes of other evidence, including a manila folder labeled “Eric Adams.”
“Where there’s smoke, there’s not always fire,” Adams told Dan Mannarino on PIX11 in his first interview since the raid. “I have full confidence in [Suggs]. She has done an amazing job. She will stay with the campaign team.”
Sources from law enforcement told the New York Post that agents were searching for evidence of possible illegal donations made to Adams’ 2021 campaign from the Turkish government through a Brooklyn-based construction company, KSK Construction.
Twenty-five-year-old Suggs joined Adams’ staff in 2017 while he served as Brooklyn Borough president, and she experienced a meteoric rise in the city’s Democratic Party. She has close ties to Ingrid Lewis-Martin, a longtime adviser to Adams and who has reportedly been a political “godmother” to Suggs.
Adams was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the raid and upon learning of it, he abruptly canceled all his remaining meetings in the nation’s capital and returned to New York City.
Among these meetings included a long sought-after sit-down with White House officials, alongside other U.S. mayors as the migrant crisis worsens and the Biden administration begins to take action against the situation.
During the interview with PIX, Adams was asked why he chose to return to the city and what he felt about the potential appearance of choosing his campaign over the migrant crisis. The mayor defended his decision, saying, “I wanted to be here to make sure we fully complied.”
“If anyone did anything inappropriate outside of our compliance procedures, law enforcement will determine that,” Adams said. “This is new and evolving. I have not been contacted by any law-enforcement agency, and no one has been told they did anything wrong.”
Adams added that he has not been contacted by the FBI.
On LinkedIn, Suggs says that she raised millions of dollars for Adams’ first mayoral run after working more than four years in Brooklyn Borough Hall under Lewis-Martin and Adams.
“She is a very bright, energetic young lady,” Adams said of Suggs. “She led the fundraising numbers when you look at the entire campaign. Often young African American ladies don’t get the opportunity that others receive in the business of politics, she stood up.”
“I would love for her to stay with the campaign team,” Adams added.
However, insiders say that much of her rise to prominence in Adams’ campaign was due to her close relationship with Lewis-Martin.
“It was pretty clear she was there because of who she knew,” a source said.
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