Federal investigators seized a total of 18 devices belonging to Rudy Giuliani and “certain employees” of his law firm when they raided the embattled former mayor’s Manhattan office and apartment last month, according to court papers made public Thursday.
The feds also seized one device from Washington, D.C.,-area lawyer and close associate of Giuliani, Victoria Toensing, as they executed the warrants on April 28, the court papers state.
The number of devices was redacted in a previous public filing of the document, in which prosecutors call for a “special master” to be appointed to review the material seized.
In the unredacted version, prosecutors also acknowledged they executed a “covert warrant” on Giuliani prior to the April search.
In a filing last week, Giuliani’s attorney criticized the covert warrant the feds executed against him in 2019, arguing they treated the former mayor like a “terrorist” or drug trafficker — and may have violated attorney-client privilege with the search.
“The [Southern District of New York] simply chose to treat a distinguished lawyer as if he was the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist, in order to create maximum prejudicial coverage of both Giuliani, and his most well-known client — the former President of the United States,” his attorney, Robert Costello, wrote.
The feds are investigating if Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent while working on behalf of Ukrainians in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.
A source previously told The Post that federal investigators are eyeing the former mayor’s relationship with ex-Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko.
Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general of Ukraine, played a central role in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment and was one of several Ukrainian officials who fed Giuliani potentially damaging information about Trump’s political rivals.
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