A federal probe is investigating whether New York City Mayor Eric Adams improperly pressured city fire officials into approving a new Turkish government building in Manhattan despite safety issues, The New York Times reports.
The probe into the building is part of a broader public corruption investigation into illegally funneling foreign money to Adams’ mayoral campaign. FBI agents have seized Adams’ phones and raided his chief fundraiser’s home.
Adams, his campaign manager, and the top fundraiser denied knowledge of any impropriety and defended the campaign’s fund-raising.
The Turkish embassy, FBI, and federal prosecutors declined to comment on the investigation.