Federal government opposes giving Lev Parnas information captured by Rudy Giuliani
Shortly after poorly written court file through Rudy Giuliani former partner Lev Parnas revealed the broader scope of the government’s investigation, federal prosecutors opposed handing more evidence to Parnas from the arrest warrants against the former New York mayor, a pro-Trump lawyer Victoria Toensing and others.
“Since the arrest of the accused, the government has produced hundreds of thousands of pages of discovery on an ongoing basis,” said the Assistant United States Attorney. Rebekah Donaleski written in an eight-page letter, arguing that no further court-mandated disclosure is necessary.
“As part of these discovery productions, the defendants received, among other things, copies of every search warrant and request relating to the indicted offenses; copies of every search warrant and demand executed on the accounts and devices of the defendants, regardless of the offenses to which they relate; and “sensitive” materials seized in accordance with these warrants, ”the letter continued. “Each of the defendants also received upon individual discovery a complete copy of any account or device owned by them.”
Filed Wednesday, the government letter hit the Southern District of New York role a day after Parnas’ attorney. Joseph bondy filed a letter to the U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken –who may have revealed more than expected.
As first reported by CNN, the case revealed – under botched redactions – that prosecutors also seized emails from an account believed to belong to the former Ukraine attorney general. Yuriy Lutsenko and an e-mail and iCloud account associated with the former head of the Ukrainian tax service, Roman nasirov. The government also got the iPhone and iPad from a pro-Trump Ukrainian businessman Alexandre levin, earlier this year, according to information tucked under the black lines of Bondy’s letter.
The government’s response, though well redacted, disclosed 11 categories of search warrants, search warrant requests and search warrant declarations that prosecutors told attorney Parnas and his former associate. Igor Fruman related to their cases.
Prosecutors say they have almost completed their search for “responsiveness” for the top eight, and they note that the government’s request for a special master for the information obtained from Giulaini and Toensing will delay their access to that data.
“None of the warrants authorize the search or seizure of any evidence of the campaign finance offenses indicted in the replacement indictment,” the government letter of May 26 reads. “Indeed, Andrey kukushkin and “Foreign National-1” are not named in any of the search warrants and are only mentioned in four of the search warrant affidavits in a description of the original indictment. “
A Ukraine-born cannabis investor, Kukushkin is accused of Parnas in an alleged scheme to funnel foreign donations to the United States. Prosecutors say the unidentified “foreign national-1” is Russian.
“Although the fraud guarantee is mentioned in some of the affidavits, none of the warrants authorize the search or seizure of evidence relating to the fraud guarantee,” the letter continued.
This disclosure is important because Parnas is separately accused of defrauding donors to this company, who paid Giuliani $ 500,000 for the work associated with this ironically named company.
Prosecutors say documents seized from Giuliani reveal little about the former mayor’s communications with Parnas.
“Based on a preliminary examination, it appears that there are little or no statements from Parnas in Giuliani’s search warrant regarding the fraud warranty returns,” they wrote in a footnote. of page. “To the extent that such statements exist and do not duplicate documents that the government has already produced in Parnas from its own accounts and devices, the government will produce them overdrawn.”
Bondy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Read the government’s letter below:
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