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The Giuliani Story Just Took A Bizarre New Turn – And Trump Won’t Be Pleased

Two new developments in the case of Rudy Giuliani and his legal woes suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a hard line in their investigation of the former New York City mayor and are prepared to charge Giuliani and his associates (including former President Donald Trump) with crimes related to illegal contacts and financial ties to Ukrainian officials.

Additionally, Bloomberg is reporting that two months ago, Giuliani was ready to meet with federal investigators to discuss what he knew, but backed out when they refused to meet his preconditions for such a meeting:

“Two months ago, Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer offered to bring his client in for questioning by Manhattan federal prosecutors, provided they made clear what subjects they would bring up.

“No deal, responded Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos. He repeated what the team had been saying since they began investigating the activities of the former New York mayor and personal lawyer to Donald Trump in 2019 — they’d be delighted to hear what Giuliani had to say, but there’d be no preview of their questions.”

As a result of Giuliani and his attorney’s recalcitrance, the FBI raided Rudy’s home and office last week, seizing his electronic devices.

Federal investigators are also looking at another Giuliani-Ukraine connection that could lead to criminal charges against him and others, including Donald Trump, according to The Daily Beast:

“Since at least October 2019, federal investigations have been looking into Rudy Giuliani’s effort to convince the White House and a reluctant State Department to grant a visa to a former Ukraine official, according to two people briefed on the matter. These sources tell The Daily Beast that the visa issue is one aspect of the federal probe into whether Giuliani’s efforts during the Trump-Ukraine saga constituted illegal lobbying on behalf of foreign officials or individuals.”

What was the quid pro quo between Rudy and the White House? And what did the president know and when did he know it?

These latest developments are certain to enrage Trump, who now knows that his personal attorney offered to talk to federal officials. Now that Rudy is facing criminal charges, he has even more of an incentive to tell what he knows.

Attorney George Conway says Trump has plenty to fear when it comes to Giuliani, writing in the Washington Post:

“If Giuliani has anything to offer prosecutors to save himself, it would have to be Trump, the only bigger fish left. And it was arguably criminal for the then-president to have used his official powers to try to coerce foreign officials into aiding his reelection campaign. In fact, Giuliani’s admission that he wasn’t conducting foreign policy, but merely helping Trump personally, is exactly what would make the scheme prosecutable.”

Rudy is looking at a long stint in prison, and all he has to offer in an attempt to lessen his incarceration is to tell what he knows about Trump and others.

In other words, Trump is “going to go through some things,” and by the time it’s all over with, he’s probably going to wish he’d never met Rudy Giuliani.

 

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Trump’s ‘Inner Circle’ Fears Ivanka’s Connections To Giuliani Mean She’s Next

Those close to the Trump family are nervous, and the move by the Justice Department last week when search warrants were served on former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, reportedly have the Trump “inner circle” terrified that Ivanka, Don Jr., and even the former president are next to get a visit from the FBI.

News.com.au reports that there’s grave concern the DOJ is preparing to make more moves that could have serious repercussions for the Trump family:

“Trump insiders told CNN the raid was orchestrated to send a message to his inner circle, and it had worked, with a sense of fear ignited in those who believed they weren’t in the firing line.

“’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,’ one Trump adviser said.

“’I can’t for the life of me think why you would need to send seven FBI agents to go and collect a cellphone and laptop.'”

Also a source of worry is that if Guiliani is facing serious prison time, as former US attorney Preet Bharara has predicted, he will cooperate with federal investigators and tell what he knows about the former president and members of his family, all of whom are part of running the Trump Organization, which is suspected of having committed crimes such as insurance and tax fraud and is under investigation by multiple agencies in the state of New York, where the company is headquartered.

 

Another former Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, says it’s ironic that the tactics being used against the former New York City mayor (who was also U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York) are the very same ones Rudy used to go after the mafia:

“And it’s just ironic that the tactics that he created for that office are now going to be employed against him, in terms of making him plead guilty and, certainly, at the least, turning over information about Jared, Ivanka, about Don Jr., about Donald himself, about all of these individuals in that garbage can orbit of Donald Trump.”

Cohen added there’s probably much more evidence that has not yet been revealed by prosecutors but will come to light in due time:

“Who knows what Rudy was involved with. What we’re going to find out is, there are text messages, there are emails, there are different types of communication apps that the FBI knows how to re-establish, even if Rudy, who I don’t think is technological, tried to delete or what have you.”

The raid on Giuliani’s home and office is certain to have Donald Trump worried, according to Cohen:

“He cares about only himself. So, he doesn’t care that they raided Rudy’s home. He doesn’t care that they raided Rudy’s law office. What is it going to do to affect me, is all that he’s thinking right now. What did stupid Rudy do? What did stupid Rudy write? What sort of text messages or emails?

“What sort of stupid things was Rudy up to that’s now going to implicate me?”

The DOJ has indeed rattled the Trumps. And it’s safe to assume they have other moves they haven’t yet made that could be even more terrifying for the former president and his family.

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Former Federal Prosecutor: Giuliani Is About To ‘Spill Damaging Secrets’ About Trump To Save His Own A*s

Rudy Giuliani is between the proverbial rock and a hard place. He can remain silent as the Justice Department prepares to charge with numerous crimes or he can come clean and tell what he knows about his former client, Donald Trump.

Which of those two will Giuliani choose? According to former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, Rudy is going to spill his secrets to the DOJ, writing in a column for Politico that once Giuliani is indicted, it will be too late for Trump:

“At that point, he will need to adopt a defense strategy that may put him at odds with his former client.

“That would make him worthless for Giuliani as a witness and force Giuliani to point the finger at Trump to save himself. The five-year sentence Manafort received for conspiring to violate [the Foreign Agents Registration Act] FARA gives Giuliani ample incentive to do so, especially since he knows Trump cannot pardon him any longer.”

An attorney like Giuliani who is looking at doing time has almost no choice but to cooperate, Mariotti explains:

“When a lawyer, particularly a famous former federal prosecutor like Giuliani, faces time in prison, the incentive to reduce that sentence is significant. Just like Michael Cohen, Giuliani will have every incentive to help federal prosecutors if it could potentially reduce his prison sentence. That could make the Giuliani prosecution far more consequential than it appears at first glance, given his role in everything from the defense of Trump’s impeachment to the Jan. 6 insurrection.”

Donald Trump can no longer do anything for Rudy, and that means Giuliani has no reason to protect his former client any longer:

“Without Trump’s protection or financial support, Giuliani’s loyalty would seem to have a limited shelf life.”

In a matter of weeks, Rudy Giuliani is going to become a cooperating witness for the feds. And then Donald Trump’s goose is truly cooked.

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Former Trump Staffers Terrified The FBI Will Show Up At Their Door Next

Last Wednesday, a loud notice was sent from the Justice Department, which is now headed by a man with integrity and morals, Merrick Garland.

The message: If you break the law — no matter who you may be “connected” to — the DOJ is coming for you.

Rudy Giuliani found that out the hard way. He was the recipient of a visit from the FBI, who served search warrants on his apartment and office, seizing his cell phones and computers.

And now many former Trump staffers are terrified the next knock on their door will also be from the FBI, according to a report from CNN:

“‘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,’ one Trump adviser told CNN.

“According to the Trump adviser, 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. Two other people close to the former President, who echoed these sentiments, declined to be quoted for this story.”

The biggest fear among former Trump staffers is that if Giuliani is facing decades behind bars, he’ll flip and cooperate with prosecutors to save his own ass:

“‘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.”

Speaking of Michael Cohen, he’s convinced Guiliani will indeed roll on Trump and his former underlings:

“During an appearance on CNN earlier this week, Cohen himself speculated that Giuliani could ‘give up Donald in a heartbeat’ if faced with an indictment.

“‘Prior to Donald becoming president, Rudy didn’t like Donald and Donald didn’t like Rudy,’ Cohen claimed. ‘He certainly doesn’t want to follow my path down into a 36-month sentence.'”

Anyone with a connection to Trump and his crimes is in legal jeopardy. And every last one of them is praying Rudy will keep his mouth shut.

 

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Rudy’s Confiscated Phones Probably Contain A ‘Treasure Trove’ Of Dirt On Bill Barr And Don Jr.: Report

Now that the Justice Department has computers and cell phones belonging to Rudy Giuliani in their possession, there’s probably going to be a flood of indictments and criminal charges being handed down from grand juries against members of former President Donald Trump’s family and administration.

According to the Donald’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, the raid and serving of search warrants at Giulani’s home and office earlier this is bad news for all sorts of people connected to the former president.

Appearing on MSNBC Saturday morning, Cohen was asked by host Ali Velshi:

“You are a lawyer, Rudy Giuliani is a lawyer. You kept a lot of records that may be in some cases helped you. It certainly helped the prosecutors who went after you. I assume that there was a lot of stuff for them to find in Rudy Giuliani’s office and phones.”

Cohen responded:

“Well, here is my thoughts on that. They’ve used the Maria Yovanovitch issue in order to obtain the warrant. Now they have a treasure trove of information on Rudy’s cellphones and computer, and they’re going to be able to dig through all of that information.

“Rest assured, this is not about Maria Yovanovitch. This is not just about Ukraine — this could be about a multitude of other issues, you know, that shady Rudy has been involved with. As I always say, this is just the icing on the cake when it comes to the Southern District of New York review of what is going to be probably inside of Rudy’s cellphones. He’ll probably have information and contact with Bill Barr, with Jared Kushner, with Don [Trump] Jr.”

What other crimes might federal prosecutors be able to charge now that they have Giuliani’s electronic devices? Cohen laid them out:

“There could be issues regarding the illegal pardons that were given out. Who knows what is in there? You know who knows? The Southern District of New York and they don’t play fair. The funny — the irony here is that Rudy was the one who created that playbook for the Southern District to really take this gangster tactic, you know, against individuals that they’re prosecuting. They’re really not prosecuting, they’re convicting.”

How ironic would it be if Rudy Giuliani wound up being the key for prosecutors to charge Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., William Barr, and others with close ties to the Trump administration? Even better is if Rudy agrees to cooperate in an effort to save his own ass.

Here’s the video from MSNBC: