President Donald Trump decided he go ahead and add witness tampering to the growing list of offenses he’s committed by directly threatening the father-in-law of his former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who is now cooperating with federal investigators.
Friday morning, just hours after BuzzFeed News reported that Trump allegedly told Cohen to lie to Congress while under oath, the president desperately tried to slag Cohen with this tweet:
Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars….” Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
The reaction to Trump’s blatant attempt to silence a potential witness (i.e. Cohen, who is scheduled to testify before Congress on Febuary 7) drew immediate charges that Trump was indeed engaging in witness tampering:
This is witness intimidation. https://t.co/agqZ39hPwu
— Sam Stein (@samstein) January 18, 2019
You gave in to your fear.
I knew you would.
The reek of your fear-musk is so strong wolves are howling a hundred miles away. https://t.co/TD2eQJHrsP
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 18, 2019
I know someone whose father-in-law did jail time. It rhymes with Sri Lanka.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) January 18, 2019
The president once again threatens a witness before congress by threatening his family. https://t.co/KX93gQDBpH
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 18, 2019
Cohen is slated to testify before Congress, and Trump has now repeatedly made ominous suggestions regarding a member of Cohen’s family. https://t.co/qSIJy3Hi04
— erica orden (@eorden) January 18, 2019
18 U.S.C. § 1505:
“Whoever … endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede … the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House” is guilty of a felony.
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) January 18, 2019
Kellyanne Conway’s husband even joined the comments:
Five tweets this morning, and in every one, you’ve misspelled “I never had any conversation with Michael Cohen about his testimony concerning the Moscow Trump Tower deal.” https://t.co/aERNzFaJKG
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 18, 2019
Trump is scared. He’s terrified. And so he’s trying to intimidate anyone who can tell what they know about him. But the more he tweets, the deeper he digs the massive hole he’s already in.
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