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Giuliani lawyers say he was treated like a terrorist

Lawyers for Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCourt sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing MORE said their client was treated like the “head of a drug cartel or a terrorist” when federal investigators executed a search warrant at his home and law office last month.

Giuliani’s attorneys said that the raids on former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE’s ex-personal lawyer were unnecessary because he said after prosecutors obtained a warrant for his Apple iCloud account in 2019 that he would cooperate and answer questions without limitations, except for privileged matters, as long as his attorneys were aware of the subjects that would be discussed, according to The Associated Press.

Giuliani’s attorneys said prosecutors instead “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,” according to the AP

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Federal prosecutors raided Giuliani’s home and law office last month as part of the long-running investigation looking into whether the former New York mayor illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian oligarchs.

His lawyers' comments were made in a letter to a Manhattan federal judge who is tasked with weighing whether to appoint a special master to protect attorney-client privilege when investigators review the evidence gathered in the raids on Giuliani’s properties, the AP noted.

The letter was sent last week, but a redacted version was made public on Monday.

Giuliani’s lawyers also argued that investigators improperly encroached on his private communications with Trump when they seized his iCloud data files, the news service reported.

The former New York City mayor's attorneys said the files likely included “material relating to the impending impeachment, the welfare of the country, and to national security,” according to the AP.

Giuliani’s team asked the judge to unseal the affidavits that bolstered the November 2019 search warrant, arguing that seeing the documents would help them make their argument that “that this unilateral, secret review was illegal.” 

On Monday, Giuliani asked a federal judge to block prosecutors from reviewing any of the documents seized in his home or office in last month’s raid, arguing that the seizure was not justified.