Michael Cohen brands Rudy Giuliani an 'idiot' and claims ex-pal would 'give up Trump in a heartbeat' after FBI raid

MICHAEL Cohen has branded Rudy Giuliani an "idiot" and claims he'd "give up Trump in a heartbeat" after federal authorities raided his New York City home on Wednesday.

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, the former Trump fixer said Giuliani has "no relationship" with the former president and has been "shady for a long time".

Cohen, who himself was the subject of a federal raid and later convicted of campaign finance violations while working for Trump, says he warned Giuliani he would be "the next one to be thrown under the bus."

"What I told him was that Donald Trump doesn't care about anyone or anything. That he will be the next one to be thrown under the bus, and that's exactly what's going to happen,” Cohen said.

He then addressed the former New York City mayor directly, telling him: "I told you so."

While declining to elaborate further, Cohen said Giuliani has been "involved in some very, very shady stuff" with serving as Trump's attorney, citing "relationships with foreign countries."

"We have no idea how expansive this investigation is going to ultimately reveal itself because Rudy's an idiot. And that's the problem," Cohen said.

"Rudy drinks too much. Rudy behaves in such an erratic manner, that, who knows what's on those telephones or what's on his computers?"

Cohen also said he expects Giuliani would turn on Trump in “a heartbeat” if investigators are willing to cut a deal. 

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018, after he pleaded guilty to eight federal counts of tax evasion and campaign finance violations while working as Trump's personal fixer.

Less than a year after his sentencing, Cohen was released from Otisville Correctional Facility in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic on compassionate grounds.

Cohen told CNN on Wednesday there has "never" really been much of a relationship between Trump and Giuliani behind closed doors.

"Cohen also said he expects Giuliani would turn on Trump in “a heartbeat” if investigators are willing to cut a deal. 

"He certainly doesn't want to follow my path down into a 36-month sentence for something as innocuous as a hush-money payment.

"It's ironic that the tactics that he [Rudy] created for that office [SDNY]  are now going to be employed against him."

When pressed on his remarks about Rudy's alleged "shady" behavior, Cohen said: "All of the relationships that he had with foreign countries as he was running around the world basically telling people that I am Donald Trump's right hand.

"That if you need something I am the guy who is going to be able to deliver it for you."

Earlier Thursday, Trump slammed the FBI raid of Giuliani's apartment, calling it "very unfair" and calling his former attorney a "great patriot".

"I don't know what they're looking for or what they're doing," Trump said on Fox this morning.

"They say it had to do with filings of various papers and lobbying files. Well, did Hunter [Biden] file? Did [President] Biden file? Because they did a lot of work with other countries."

Speaking to the former president's remarks, Cohen said he "knows" Trump will be "scared" following the raid, claiming: "He was afraid even when they raided my home and my law office."

"'What is it going to do to affect me', is all that he is thinking right now. 'What did stupid Rudy do? What did stupid Rudy write? What sort of stupid things was Rudy up to that's now going to implicate me?'."

Cohen then said he didn't believe Trump will run for office again, saying: "It's all a grift."

Giuliani is currently under federal investigation over his ties to Ukraine.

While the full scope of the investigation is unclear, the probe reportedly relates to allegations he lobbied on behalf of foreign officials as part of a campaign to compel Ukraine to dig up dirt on the then-Democratic presidential front-runner, Joe Biden.

Wednesday's raid on his apartment may have been spurred by a voicemail in which he hinted at having a burner phone, reports say.

Giuliani told a business associate's attorney to call him on a "soon to be gotten rid of number", legal papers allege.

Federal agents probing the dirt-digging operation in Ukraine are said to have been seeking warrants for months to examine Giuliani's phone activity.

Yesterday they seized electronic equipment from his New York City apartment and also searched fellow lawyer Victoria Toensing's home.

A report in Newsweek suggested a voicemail from November 2019 could have a bearing on the searches.

Transcripts made public in December reveal a message left for Joseph Bundy, lawyer for suspected Hunter Biden dirt-digger Lev Parnas.

According to court papers, the former NYC mayor said in the voicemail: "Hi Joe, it’s Rudy Giuliani.

“I’m calling, uh, to see if we can talk either about or with Lev.

“I have my lawyer with me, but you can call me back at [REDACTED]. That’s [REDACTED].

“That’s the soon to be gotten rid of number.”

Bundy, who filed the transcript along with a court motion on behalf of his client, told Newsweek: “I can confirm the veracity of the statements that I made in that reply motion.”

He declined to comment further on matters related to Giuliani.

In a statement, Giuliani's lawyer said the FBI “steadfastly declined” to take the hard drives when he “offered them on several occasions.”

“Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani’s word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani,” the statement said.

“Their reliance on Mr. Giuliani’s credibility tells you everything you need to know about this case.”

His attorney, Bob Costello, further blasted the "double standards of law enforcement."

"One for high-level democrats whose blatant crimes are ignored, such as Hilary Clinton, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Republicans who are prominent supporters and defenders of President Trump who, are subjected to false charges and procedures used in the past, if at all, in cases involving terrorists and organized criminals," he blasted.

Rudy Giuliani's son Andrew blasted the raid as "disgusting" and "absolutely absurd" as he spoke outside the apartment on Wednesday afternoon.

"It’s the continued politicization of the Justice Department, as we have seen,” Andrew said.

"And it has to stop. If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer, this can happen to any American. Enough is enough.”

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