Tolman distorted what The New York Times had in fact reported — which involved not a change of mind by “those same bureaucrats,” but the absence now of earlier Justice Department political appointees under Giuliani’s then-client, former President Donald Trump, and the political favoritism they had allegedly shown toward him.
The United States attorney’s office in Manhattan and the F.B.I. had sought for months to secure search warrants for Mr. Giuliani’s phones and electronic devices.
Under Mr. Trump, senior political appointees in the Justice Department repeatedly sought to block such a warrant, The New York Times reported, slowing the investigation as it was gaining momentum last year. After Merrick B. Garland was confirmed as Mr. Biden’s attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search.