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Prosecutors propose ex-federal judge to review Giuliani's mobile devices, computers for privilege is

Source: Washington Post

Prosecutors propose ex-federal judge to review Giuliani’s mobile devices, computers for privilege issues

By Shayna Jacobs
June 3, 2021 at 11:56 p.m. EDT

NEW YORK — Prosecutors who orchestrated the seizure of electronic devices from Rudolph W. Giuliani's home and office have proposed that the same former federal judge who screened records belonging to Michael Cohen — another lawyer who represented former president Donald Trump — should be tapped to oversee privilege review for the former New York mayor.

The retired judge, Barbara Jones, should be appointed to handle the sensitive matter “because her background and the resources available to her at her law firm will allow her to complete a privilege review in a fair and efficient manner,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rebekah Donaleski, Aline R. Flodr and Nicolas Roos wrote in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken that was filed to the court docket Thursday night.

Jones is a partner at Bracewell LLP, which was once known as Bracewell & Giuliani because Giuliani held a partnership role there. He left the firm in 2016, months before Jones joined, and therefore her appointment as a filter review overseer, known as a “special master,” would not pose a potential conflict, the prosecutors said.

Oetken recently agreed to appoint a special master and asked prosecutors to propose candidates for the job by the end of this week.

Lawyers for Giuliani and Victoria Toensing, a D.C.-area lawyer whose phone was recovered the same day as his as part of the investigation, have agreed to Jones being selected to handle the review, according to the U.S. attorney’s letter. Giuliani and Toensing’s lawyers did not respond to requests for comment after the Justice Department’s late filing.

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