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Alan Dershowitz, legal adviser to Giuliani, hopes Trump will join the legal battle to block access to documents seized in the FBI raid last week


Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who does not formally represent Giuliani but acts in an advisory capacity, said the former New York mayor would likely file a legal challenge and wanted his former clients to also seek to prevent prosecutors from reviewing the documents .

“I hope people with privileged information like Donald Trump will join the trial and say you can’t see my stuff,” Dershowitz told CNN.

Dershowitz, a retired Harvard Law School professor, was part of President Trump’s defense team in the first impeachment trial. His career has mainly focused on individual civil liberties.

Trump spokespersons did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment. Robert Costello, an attorney for Giuliani, did not return a call for comment.

Last week, federal authorities seized Giuliani’s electronic devices following search warrants executed on his Manhattan home and office. Costello said shortly after the warrants were served on his client that the devices are “filled with material covered by attorney-client privilege and other constitutional privileges.”

Trump’s other former lawyer, Michael Cohen, went to court in 2018 to fight over questions of privilege after prosecutors raided his home, office and hotel room.

Cohen’s lawyers first requested a temporary restraining order to prevent investigators from reviewing the seized documents. After a federal judge rejected the request, Cohen’s lawyers were successful in securing the appointment of a “special master,” an independent authority appointed by the court to review documents and determine which documents were privileged.

The special master ultimately concluded that the privilege only applied to a small portion of the thousands of pages of seized documents.

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