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Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Federal prosecutors have asked that the materials seized from former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's apartment be reviewed by a court-appointed outside expert, per a letter made public Tuesday.

Why it matters: The Justice Department typically balks at outside review, but prosecutors cited the "unusually sensitive privilege issues" and the "overt and public nature" of the search warrant as motives for the external review.

The big picture: The expert, known as a special master, will oversee a review of the records and materials seized by the FBI last week, reports Politico.

  • Giuliani objected to the search last week on the grounds of attorney-client privilege, per the Wall Street Journal.

What they're saying: “[U]nder exceptional circumstances, the appointment of a special master to review materials seized from an attorney may be appropriate,” the letter reads.

  • “Those circumstances may exist where the search involves the files of a criminal defense attorney with cases adverse to the United States Attorney's Office."

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Judge orders release of secret DOJ memo used to clear Trump of obstruction

Former Attorney General Bill Barr in 2020. Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool/Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday called for the release of a secret 2019 Department of Justice memo that then-Attorney General Bill Barr cited to justify clearing former President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Judge Amy Berman Jackson called Barr's public characterization of the Mueller investigation's finding “disingenuous” and said the department had not been clear about what purpose the memo would serve.

DiDi to delist from NYSE under Chinese govt pressure

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Chinese ride-hail giant DiDi said it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, following a Chinese government crackdown on foreign listings.

Why it matters: This reflects how geopolitical tensions are bleeding into the capital markets.

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Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states

A healthcare worker inserts a Covid-19 rapid test into a machine in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hawaii became on Thursday the fifth state to confirm the newly discovered Omicron variant after New York announced five new cases earlier in the day.

The latest: In Hawaii, the variant was found in an unvaccinated O'ahu resident with moderate symptoms who had previously been infected with COVID-19, per a state health department statement. The variant has also been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.