Report: Federal prosecutors have discussed obtaining Rudy Giuliani's emails
The Federal Prosecutor's Office for the Southern District of New York has been discussing with Justice Department officials in Washington whether to make a legal request for Rudy Giuliani's emails, two knowledgeable people told NBC News.
Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, is President Trump's personal attorney. According to Justice Department guidelines, prosecutors must obtain Washington approval before asking a judge to sign a search warrant for items that may be protected by attorney privilege. NBC News notes that it is unknown whether the permit was granted.
In October 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that SDNY prosecutors were investigating Giuliani and its business in Ukraine and investigating Giuliani's bank records as part of the investigation. In the same month, two Giuliani employees, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested and charged with campaign funding fraud. Parnas and Fruman helped Giuliani dig up dirt in Ukraine on President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
The Washington Post reported in February that prosecutors had spoken to witnesses to collect more documents for the investigation, and two people familiar with the matter told NBC News that the investigation was still ongoing. One said she was "very active". ""
Giuliani's attorney Robert Costello told NBC News that he had "no reason to believe the allegations of renewed interest in my client are true". Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that Trump spoke to advisors about granting Giuliani a preventive pardon.
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