- The Rudy Giuliani raid makes Trump allies feel uneasy about what may come next, CNN reported.
- A former Trump adviser said the attack is proof that officials are willing to pursue his inner circle.
- Several Trump allies also said it would “not shock” them if Giuliani turned on the former president.
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Trump allies are becoming increasingly worried about the future after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s office and apartment were attacked by federal agents this week, according to CNN.
On Wednesday, Giuliani, who served as Trump’s former lawyer, was the target of two raids in which investigators seized several of his electronic devices as well as a computer belonging to his personal assistant. The searches were in connection with a criminal investigation into Giuliani̵
Trump’s allies and former members of his inner circle are now reportedly becoming more and more concerned about further raids and upcoming FBI investigations.
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“This was a power outage that sent a strong message to many people in the Trump world that other things might come down the pipeline,” an adviser to the former president, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN.
The adviser also described the Giuliani raid as “overkill” and said the raid was a worrying sign that investigators were more willing to pursue investigation than previously thought.
“I can not in my life think about why you will have to send seven FBI agents to pick up a cell phone and laptop,” the adviser said.
Two other people close to Trump reiterated those feelings, according to CNN, but refused to be quoted.
The former New York City mayor has not been charged and denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer said in a statement this week that it was a “corrupt double standard” that the Fed did not carry out a search warrant against Hunter Biden.
“Republicans who are prominent supporters and defenders of President Trump … are exposed to false accusations and procedures that have been used in the past, if at all, in cases involving terrorists and organized criminals,” the statement said.
Some people, including former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, have since 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 that this result would not “shock” them at all.
“Even the most loyal people have their breaking point,” the person said according to CNN. “I think we’ve seen some more surprising occurrences of things like what’s happening, especially with Michael Cohen.”
Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence under house arrest after pleading guilty to several counts of campaign financing 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.