A former New York federal judge will serve as the so-called “special master” to review materials recovered by the feds from Rudy Giuliani and his business associates when investigators searched his Manhattan office and apartment.
Barbara Jones, the former judge who now works as a private attorney, will review the materials seized from the former mayor and determine what might violate attorney-client privilege and be kept out of the hands of federal investigators.
Jones, who also served as a special master during a federal investigation into Michael Cohen, was appointed by Manhattan federal Judge J. Paul Oetken after prosecutors and Giuliani’s defense recommended her.
“The Special Master shall have access to individuals, information, documents, andmaterials relevant to the orders of the Court that she requires to perform her duties,subject to the terms of this Order of Appointment,” Oetken wrote in the order that was signed Tuesday.
The feds in the Southern District of New York are investigating whether Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, illegally lobbied on behalf of Ukrainians while attempting to dig up dirt on Trump’s political rivals, including Joe Biden.
A source previously told The Post the feds were eyeing his relationship with ex-Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who helped Giuliani find apparent damaging information about Biden.
Giuliani has maintained his innocence, and his lawyer, Robert Costello, has said the feds treated him like a “terrorist” or a drug kingpin by executing their search warrants.
Federal authorities seized a total of 18 devices from Giuliani when they executed a search warrant at his Manhattan apartment and office on April 28.
The feds also took one device from Washington, DC-area attorney Victoria Toensing, a close associate of Giuliani.
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