In a press conference held on Sunday morning, Mayor Eric Adams broke his silence following the recent FBI seizure of his phones and iPad as part of an investigation into his 2021 campaign fundraising. Emphasizing his cooperation with the ongoing probe, Adams expressed a desire for an end to what he referred to as “periodic leaks.”
During the annual American Airlines Flight 587 memorial service in Rockaway Park, Adams briefly engaged with reporters, urging a collective effort to uncover all relevant facts. Responding to inquiries, he stated, “This is not the place to have this conversation,” and directed attention to an upcoming open question session on Tuesday.
The mayor’s departure from the memorial service prior to the laying of roses by families of Flight 587 victims was noted, and his subsequent cancellation of a scheduled appearance at a Brooklyn church raised further questions.
The FBI’s seizure of Adams’ electronic devices coincided with a raid on the home of his chief fundraiser, Brianna Suggs, sparking speculations about potential connections to a Brooklyn construction company and the Turkish government. Reports suggest federal authorities are also exploring whether Adams exerted influence over FDNY officials regarding safety concerns with the Turkish consulate’s construction in Manhattan during the summer of 2021.
While The New York Post downplays the messages as routine outreach, The New York Times reports on broader investigations. Adams, in response to the allegations, asserted his innocence, stating, “I have not been accused of wrongdoing, and I will continue to cooperate with investigators.”
The Adams campaign echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the inappropriateness of discussing ongoing investigations while affirming the mayor’s commitment to cooperation.