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Giuliani lawyers say feds in Ukraine probe treating former Trump lawyer like 'terrorist'

Attorneys say tactic is to create "maximum prejudicial coverage" of Giuliani and former President Trump.

Updated: May 18, 2021 - 2:45pm

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Attorneys for former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani say federal prosecutors have treated their client more a drug kingpin or 'terrorist' in connection with a raid last month of Giuliani's Manhattan apartment and office – to create "maximum prejudicial coverage."

Giuliani's attorneys made the statement last week in a letter to a Manhattan federal judge, after federal agents purportedly took cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices in the raids, in connection with a criminal investigation into Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine.

The attorneys said the treatment of Giuliani, also a former New York City mayor, was unnecessary, "illegal" and that the federal government improperly intruded on his private conversations with former President Trump, according to the  Associated Press.

They said prosecutors "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."

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