Courtesy of CNBC:
President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is postponing his plan to testify before Congress in February because of concerns about his family’s safety, according to Cohen’s adviser Lanny Davis.
Davis cited “ongoing threats” to Cohen’s family from Trump and the president’s current personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in the decision to postpone his Feb. 7 appearance before the House Oversight Committee.
“Mr. Cohen volunteered to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7th,” Davis said.
“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen’s continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date,” Davis said.
“Mr. Cohen wishes to thank Chairman Cummings for allowing him to appear before the House Oversight Committee and looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time. This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first.”
A source close to Cohen told NBC News that Cohen’s wife and father-in-law are particularly afraid, and feel directly targeted by Trump. Cohen’s wife Laura was afraid of going to the hearing in person, because of her fear that she was would be attacked.
“The threats are real,” the source says, “Trump knows what he’s doing.”
Trump was actually asked about this and this was his response courtesy of The Hill:
President Trump said Wednesday that Michael Cohen, is “threatened by the truth” after his former attorney asked to postpone his congressional testimony citing threats against his family from the president.
“I would say he’s been threatened by the truth,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “He’s only been threatened by the truth.”
“He doesn’t want to tell the truth for me or other of his clients,” the president added.
And of course in this case, as in all cases with Trump, the “truth” is Trump’s version of reality.
I’m sorry how is this not an impeachable offense?
The president of the United States is threatening a man to keep him from testifying during a congressional investigation into his own possible criminal behaviors.
And the really bizarre thing is that Trump does this publicly so there is no doubt it is happening.
I almost cannot believe this is happening.