Giuliani Raid Yielded 18 Devices From His Home and Office
(Bloomberg) -- FBI agents seized 18 electronic devices when they raided Rudy Giuliani’s home and office last month as part of an investigation into whether the former New York mayor and personal lawyer to Donald Trump violated U.S. laws on lobbying for foreign powers.
The devices belonged to Giuliani and people who worked for him, according to a court filing by federal prosecutors made public Thursday in Manhattan federal court.
Eleven of the devices were returned to Giuliani after FBI technicians were able to successfully download their contents, according to prosecutors.
“The remaining seven devices belonging to Giuliani and his business cannot be fully accessed without a passcode, and as such the government has advised Giuliani’s counsel that the devices can be returned expeditiously if Giuliani were to provide the passcode,” prosecutors said in a filing. “Otherwise, the government does not have a timeline for when those devices may be returned because the FBI will be attempting to access those devices without a passcode, which may take time.”
Prosecutors said they have yet to review the data that was downloaded from Giuliani’s unlocked devices. They have asked the court to appoint a special master to review the data to weed out anything that would violate attorney-client privilege.
Prosecutors also revealed that investigators reviewed records from email accounts before seizing Giuliani’s devices in the April 28 raids. Prosecutors obtained a secret warrant in 2019 to search Giuliani’s iCloud account, which was served directly to Apple Inc. without his knowledge.
The time frame for Giuliani’s records that were covered by the warrants remained blacked out in the filing. Bloomberg previously reported that it covered an 18-month period beginning in May 2018, coinciding with an effort by Giuliani and his associates to lay the groundwork for the removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie Yovanovitch, as they sought to dig up political dirt on Joe Biden to aid Trump’s re-election campaign.
Prosecutors are investigating whether Giuliani violated laws prohibiting covert lobbying for foreign interests by arranging Yovanovitch’s ouster in exchange for damaging information about Biden.
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