'They're Acting Like Storm Troopers': Rudy Giuliani Makes a Ridiculous Attack on the Justice Department

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Rudy Giuliani only recently joined President Donald Trump's legal team, but he is already on the attack. 

On Thursday, he told the Daily Beast that federal investigators are acting like "storm troopers" in their pursuit of the president and his associates. 

The remarks came after reports broke that investigators had wiretapped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's phone as part of a criminal probe into the attorney's activities. Giuliani doubted the reported, saying, "You can't wiretap a lawyer."

But he also seemed to acknowledge that it was a possibility and decried the fact that the information was leaked at all, adding that the investigation is "out of control."

"Give me a break, baby!" he told reporter Betsy Woodruff. "They prove it every day.”

As the Beast and others noted, it is legal to wiretap a lawyer, though it may be rare. 

MSNBC host and legal analyst Ari Melber noted in mid-April, after it was revealed that Cohen's office had been legally raided by investigators, that investigators would also be permitted to scrutinize the lawyer's calls.

And while the investigators may be dogged, every indication suggests that they've followed procedure scrupulously and that their actions have been legally sanctioned.

UPDATE: NBC News has issued a correction after this report was published saying that federal investigators have "monitored" Cohen's calls, but they have not been listening to or recording the content of those calls.

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