FBI returns digital gadgets to former Trump lawyer Giuliani -lawyer

Former New York Main Rudy Giuliani speaks in Washington, US, Might 5, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photograph

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Aug 3 (Reuters) – FBI brokers lately returned the cell telephones and different digital gadgets that they had hidden from Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani, in a attainable signal the investigation into whether or not he did not register as a international agent of Ukraine could possibly be winding down , his lawyer mentioned on Wednesday.

Robert Costello, Giuliani’s lawyer, informed Reuters he has not been formally notified but whether or not federal prosecutors in Manhattan are closing the investigation.

However he mentioned the return of the gadgets is a optimistic signal for his shopper.

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“I’ve not been formally informed that its over,” Costello mentioned. “It’s attainable they might make some beginning new discovery…however we now have all the time been assured that he did not do something improper.”

A spokesperson for the US Lawyer’s workplace declined to remark.

Previous to the 2020 presidential election, Giuliani, who served as private lawyer for former US President Trump, and one-time main of New York Metropolis, led an effort to dig up filth on then-Democratic contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine .

Federal prosecutors have been wanting into his actions now for greater than two years.

Costello informed Reuters that Giuliani and he voluntarily met with federal prosecutors and FBI brokers to debate the investigation and reply questions in February.

His feedback got here shortly after the New York Instances reported that the prison inquiry by the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York into Giuliani’s ties to Ukraine through the presidential marketing campaign was prone to finish with none fees.

In April 2021, federal brokers searched Giuliani’s Manhattan condo and workplace, and occupied his gadgets.

He’s nonetheless entangled in a number of different pending investigations involving post-2020 election issues.

In latest months, prosecutors in Washington subpoenaed Trump’s allies in battleground states who signed onto false slates of electors in a failed bid to overturn the election outcomes. Their subpoenas have requested for copies of all their communications with Giuliani and different attorneys who have been concerned in Trump’s marketing campaign.

He has additionally been ordered to testify earlier than a grand jury in Georgia probing Trump’s alleged makes an attempt to overturn the 2020 election outcomes.

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Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; extra reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York; Enhancing by Angus MacSwan

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