WASHINGTON (AP) — The question of whether to serve a search warrant for Rudy Giuliani’s records had simmered inside the Justice Department last year.

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It divided officials in New York and Washington and remained unresolved for a new leadership team to sort out.

That happened this week in dramatic fashion, with federal agents raiding at Giuliani’s home and office and seizing electronics from the longtime lawyer and ally of former President Donald Trump.

The action represented not only a dramatic escalation in the probe into Giuliani’s business dealings, but was also one in a series of headline-making moves by a new Justice Department moving to assert itself swiftly.

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