Meet Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova, the Republican power couple caught up in the FBI’s Rudy Giuliani investigation

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On Wednesday, FBI agents raided the Manhattan home and office of Rudy Giuliani as part of a long-running investigation into whether he broke lobbying laws related to his dealings in Ukraine.

That same morning, at 6:30 a.m., FBI agents showed up to the Washington, DC-area home of Victoria Toensing to execute a search warrant, taking one of her cell phones, a person familiar with the events told Insider.

Toensing and her husband and law partner, Joseph diGenova, have been friends with Giuliani for decades. The two have been a conservative power couple in their own right since Ronald Reagan was president. And while they don’t have the Trump-era name wattage of Giuliani, Paul Manafort, or Roger Stone, they’ve been involved in numerous scandals and legal battles related to Donald Trump’s presidency.

There’s no doubt that Toensing is also a central figure in Giuliani’s work in Ukraine.

She and diGenova have represented Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch connected to the Russian mob who is under indictment by the US Justice Department. Firtash has worked with Giuliani to push a conspiracy theory that Joe Biden himself had corrupt dealings in Ukraine. Giuliani is reportedly under investigation for his attempt to oust the US ambassador and push the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden in order to help Trump’s 2020 campaign. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Toensing, diGenova, and their involvement with Giuliani’s scandals.

The two became leading conservative lawyers in the Reagan era

Toensing and diGenova met in 1980 at a Republican rally and quickly became powerful partners in the Reagan-era Justice Department.

Reagan appointed diGenova to be the US Attorney for Washington, DC, a powerful perch where he oversaw the convictions of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and officials in the administration of DC Mayor Marion Barry.

Toensing was appointed the deputy assistant attorney general for the criminal justice division in 1984. The two grew into power at the same time as Giuliani, who Reagan appointed as US Attorney in the Southern District of New York in 1983, and they became friends and political allies over the following decades.

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The couple left government at the end of the Reagan administration and, in 1996, formed their law firm diGenova & Toensing, LLP, based in DC. They became frequent cable news commentators, which diGenova has described as a great way to get clients.

The two became frequent critics of Bill Clinton’s presidential administration. DiGenova kicked up a cable news storm in 1998 when he claimed, with no evidence, that he and his wife were the targets of an investigation conducted by the Clinton administration. They have also donated to Republican politicians and right-leaning groups for decades, FEC records reviewed by Insider show. 

In the Bush and Obama eras, the couple remained cable news fixtures advocating for conservative causes. Toensing, in particular, has promoted laws that give the federal government greater abilities to spy on US citizens. She also claimed to represent four people who she said were whistleblowers regarding Hillary Clinton’s actions in …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Politics

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