Federal Agents Seized 18 Electronic Devices During Raid On Giuliani

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Donald Trump has so far been willing to throw anyone and everyone under the bus once they face serious criminal charges, including his own former lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort. It’s only a matter of time before he does the same to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani played Trump’s TV lawyer on outlets like Fox News and OANN throughout the second half of Trump’s presidency, but he also went on trips to foreign countries for Trump, speaking to government officials despite his lack of credentials or a confirmed position. Some of those conversations and dealings, however, may have just led multiple law enforcement agencies to his doorstep.

The Daily Beast reports that:

‘Federal agents carted off 18 electronic devices when they searched Rudy Giuliani’s apartment in April, according to an unredacted letter filed by federal prosecutors on Thursday. The letter, originally written in April but posted in a less redacted form on Thursday, says federal agents “seized 18 electronic devices belonging to Giuliani and certain employees of Giuliani Partners.”’

Previously, the items seized in the raid on Giuliani’s office was limited to one, and Giuliani certainly didn’t mention the other 17 while defending himself on any media outlet that would listen. So far, he’s criticized the law enforcement agencies for the raid, saying that he would just give them the evidence if they asked for it. As a prosecutor, Giuliani is fully aware that law enforcement does not notify criminals of intent to seize evidence ahead of time or allow them enough time to delete evidence before turning over the proof.

‘In the letter, prosecutors asked that a judge appoint a special master to determine which materials may be subject to attorney-client privilege and which may be used as evidence in the government’s investigation into whether Giuliani may have violated foreign lobbying laws as part of an effort to get former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired.’

Federal prosecutor Edward Diskant has led an effective investigation into Giuliani and a number of other high profile cases thus far, but is stepping down in the coming days. A new prosecutor will be tapped to continue the work.

‘Under Diskant’s watch, the public corruption unit has pursued … the case against Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of the late Jeffrey Epstein; the prosecution of Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman; and the indictment of Steve Bannon.’