Prosecutors Request Special Master To Sift Through Evidence Seized From Giuliani

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, waits to testify before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Prosecutors in the Justice Department’s investigation into ex-Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani have asked a judge to appoint a “special master” to examine the materials that the FBI seized during a search on the lawyer’s home and office last Wednesday, according a court document unsealed on Tuesday.

In a letter sent to the judge the day after the FBI search, prosecutors argue that a special master ought to independently sort through the seized materials to determine what the Justice Department can have access to and what is protected under attorney-client privilege, due to “the unusually sensitive privilege issues that the Warrants may implicate.” The materials consist of Giuliani’s electronic devices.

The prosecutors told the judge that the appointment would “promote the perception of fairness” in the high-profile case.

The request comes as Giuliani and Trumpworld claim the DOJ’s search warrant was a political hit job by the Biden administration, despite the fact that the investigation into Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine began during ex-President Donald Trump’s term.

The attorney also called the search warrant a “disturbing example of complete disregard for the attorney-client privilege protected by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.”

Read the letter below:

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