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Lawyer: Federal government entered Rudy’s iCloud with ‘secret warrant’ as he replaced Trump in 2019
Eduardo Munoz / Reuters A lawyer for former New York mayor and Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said the Justice Department revealed on a conference call Thursday that authorities had entered the Giuliani’s iCloud long before the execution of Wednesday’s search warrants. a conference call with the [U.S.] Attorney’s Office, ”attorney Robert Costello, a longtime friend of Giuliani’s, told the Daily Beast Thursday night. “They told me that they had obtained a ‘secret warrant’ for Giuliani’s iCloud account at ‘end of 2019’. They went through this information for a year and a half without telling us or [fellow Trump-aligned attorney] Victoria Toensing. During an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Thursday night, Giuliani himself briefly touched on the search warrant in his iCloud account. “In the midst of the impeachment defense, they invaded, without telling me, my iCloud,” the Trump confidant said. “They took privileged documents. And then they unilaterally decided what to read and what not to read. So the prosecutors from the Department of Justice spied on me. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday evening. It’s unclear what prosecutors were able to get from the search for Giuliani’s iCloud account, but these accounts can store photos, text messages, emails, and a range of data from apps on an Apple device, depending on user settings.On Thursday night, The New York Times reported that the search warrant served at Giuliani’s apartment this week investigated possible violations of the foreign agent’s Registration Act. former New York City mayor in her successful attempts to fire former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. The law requires Americans to register with the Department of Justice when seeking to pressure the United States on behalf of foreign leaders. To that, Costello replied “yes”. Giuliani spent much of the spring of 2019 engaging in a smear campaign against the former ambassador, according to evidence and testimony presented during Trump’s first impeachment trial. According to the Times, prosecutors are particularly interested in Giuliani’s conversations with former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who clashed with the US envoy to Ukraine. and Igor Fruman, who had hired Giuliani as a consultant to help them with their insurance business, Fraud Guarantee. In a late 2019 indictment, prosecutors accused the two of acting as intermediaries for illegal contributions to foreign campaigns to American politicians. As part of the effort, prosecutors said Parnas urged a member of Congress, later identified as Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), to assist in efforts to remove Yovanovich from his post as US ambassador. in Ukraine. This decision, according to the indictment, was “carried out, at least in part, at the request of one or more officials of the Ukrainian government”. Lutsenko was one of those Ukrainian government officials mentioned in the 2019 indictment, NBC News reported at the time. For more, visit The Daily Beast. Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.