- Rudy Giuliani’s attack has made Trump’s allies uneasy about what might happen, CNN reported.
- A former Trump adviser said the attack was evidence that officials were ready to pursue his inner circle.
- Several Trump allies have also said they “will not be shocked” if Giuliani turns against the former president.
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Trump’s allies are becoming increasingly worried about the future after former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s office and apartment were attacked by federal agents this week, CNN reported.
On Wednesday, Giuliani, who acted as Trump’s former lawyer, was the target of two attacks in which investigators seized several of his electronic devices, as well as a computer belonging to his personal assistant. The searches are in connection with a criminal investigation into Giuliani̵
Trump’s allies and former members of his inner circle are reportedly increasingly worried about further raids and upcoming FBI investigations.
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“It was a demonstration of force that sent a strong message to many people in Trump’s world that other things could go down the pipeline,” an adviser to the former president, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN.
The councilor also described the Giuliani attack as “too much” and said the attack was a worrying sign that investigators were more willing to continue the investigation than previously thought.
“I can’t think all my life about why you should send seven FBI agents to pick up a cell phone and a laptop,” the counselor said.
Two other people close to Trump repeated these sentiments, according to CNN, but declined to be quoted.
The former mayor of New York has not been charged and denied wrongdoing. His lawyer said in a statement this week that it was a “corrupt double standard” that federal officials had not complied with the search warrant against Hunter Biden.
“Republicans who are prominent supporters and defenders of President Trump … have been subjected to false accusations and procedures used in the past, if at all, in cases involving terrorists and organized criminals,” the statement said.
Since then, some people, including former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, have come out to predict that Giuliani will turn against Trump if prosecutors tighten the screws on him.
Another person close to the former president said the result would not shock them at all.
“Even the most loyal people have their breaking point,” the man said, according to CNN. “I think we’ve seen some more surprising cases of things like that, especially with Michael Cohen.”
Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence under house arrest after pleading guilty to multiple counts of campaign finance violations and tax evasion. He also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election.