Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said Giuliani's may have to reveal 'damning secrets' about Trump to 'save himself'
A former federal prosecutor claimed Sunday that Rudy Giuliani's loyalty could shift as he may have to reveal 'damning secrets' about Donald Trump in order to 'save himself' after the FBI raided his home.
Renato Mariotti, who worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois for nearly 10 years, penned an op/ed in Politico Sunday where he made the claims about the former president's attorney.
He noted that Trump would be unlikely to testify on behalf of Giuliani, which could further lead to the attorney outing the former president to benefit himself 'especially since he knows Trump cannot pardon him any longer.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'The only surefire way for Trump to avoid testimony in the trial of Giuliani would be to take the Fifth, but Trump has repeatedly noted that taking the Fifth makes you look guilty,' Mariotti noted, adding that the only other way to get out of testifying is to condemn Giuliani's actions and suggest he didn't know about it.
'That would make him worthless for Giuliani as a witness and force Giuliani to point the finger at Trump to save himself,' he continued.
During his time with the Attorney's Office, Mariotti prosecuted white-collar crimes like commodities and securities fraud, health care and mortgage fraud and tax evasion.
Giuliani is seen arriving at his New York City apartment two days after federal agents raided it
'He will need to adopt a defense strategy that may put him at odds with his former client,' Mariotti wrote of Giuliani in an op/ed Sunday, adding he could be forced 'to point the finger at Trump to save himself.' Pictured: Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in 2016
Mariotti claims in his column that Giuliani's legal trouble could affect Trump since it reportedly centers around the attorney's efforts to lobby Trump on behalf of Ukrainian officials – the same ones who were also helping dig up dirt on then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and his family.
'At issue, as well, are Giuliani's efforts to persuade Trump to oust the ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, whose anti-corruption work was viewed hostilely by those same Ukrainian officials. If Giuliani's efforts to push Trump to fire Yovanovitch were done on behalf of Ukrainian officials, that could be the sort of foreign lobbying activity that he should have disclosed,' Mariotti wrote.
'At that point, he [Giuliani] will need to adopt a defense strategy that may put him at odds with his former client,' he said.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Mariotti continued: '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,' he wrote. '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.'
'Without Trump's protection or financial support, Giuliani's loyalty would seem to have a limited shelf life.'
The claims from Mariotti come after the FBI carried out a raid on Giulani's home last week – seizing at least 10 cell phones and computers.
Giuliani, who is the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and former mayor of New York City, has slammed the 6:00 a.m. raid as 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'.
He has sought to discredit the federal investigation, saying the raid by seven FBI agents was unnecessary because he offered for two years to provide prosecutors his electronic devices and to 'talk it over with them'.
'They won't explain to me what they're looking into for two years,' Giuliani told Fox News' Tucker Carlson.
Seven FBI agents, Rudy Giuliani claimed, raided his Upper East Side home at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday – seizing 10 cell phones and computers
Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, has previously said proposed meetings between investigators and Giuliani's legal team didn't take place because prosecutors wouldn't agree to a precondition that they first disclose more about the probe.
According to the warrant, investigators are seeking to review Giuliani's phones and computers for communications with more than a dozen people, including a high-ranking prosecutor in Ukraine.
They also are searching for communications with any U.S. government official or employee relating to Marie Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted by the Trump administration in 2019, the warrant said.
Giuliani was spotted out with his alleged girlfriend in New York City just days after the raid.
The 76-year-old stepped out on Saturday in Manhattan with Maria Ryan - his rumored 56-year-old girlfriend and former alleged mistress.
Giuliani, who was wearing a face mask, was seen arriving at a cafe close to his apartment on the Upper East Side where he was met by Ryan.
The pair arrived in separate cars but left the cafe