Allies of former President Donald Trump are feeling uneasy about what could come their way after federal agents raided an apartment and office belonging to former Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, sources close to Trump revealed.
Citing a Trump adviser, CNN reported that “the raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President’s orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing to pursue investigations of the 45th president or his inner circle than many Trump allies had previously believed.”
“This was a show of force that sent a strong message to a lot of people in Trump’s world that other things may be coming down the pipeline,” the adviser told CNN.
The search on Giuliani’s properties was linked to a criminal probe of the former mayor’s business dealings in Ukraine and resulted in the seizure of several communications devices.
The adviser described the Giuliani raid as “overkill,” arguing that there was no need to send “seven FBI agents to collect a cell phone and laptop.”
However, the source suggested that the raid has raised the question of whether Giuliani’s seemingly steadfast loyalty to Trump could withstand the weight of potential criminal charges.
“Even the most loyal people have their breaking point,” said a person close to the former President. The Trump adviser separately added that a potential shift in Giuliani’s fealty to his former client “wouldn’t shock me at all.”
“I think we’ve seen some more surprising instances of things like that happening, especially with Michael Cohen,” the person close to Trump said.
Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing.