As the White House and Congressional Democrats continue to face off over President Donald Trump’s demands for wall funding, there’s more drama unfolding surrounding the Russia scandal and more specifically, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s previously incoming testimony. This Wednesday, his lawyer Lanny Davis revealed that Cohen would be indefinitely postponing his appearance in the face of apparent “threats” on himself and his family.
As Davis explained it:
‘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 federal investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date.’
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 23, 2019
He’d previously been scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7 at the invitation of new Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Davis shared that Cohen “wishes to thank Chairman Cummings for allowing him to appear before the House Oversight Committee and looks forward to testifying at a later time.”
As Davis indicated, pushing these moves, the president and his team have scrutinized Cohen’s family in what can only be described as an effort at witness intimidation, which isn’t a first for them. This time around, the president tweeted that investigators should look at Cohen’s father-in-law Fima Shusterman, who decades ago in the early 1990s pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Giuliani claimed that Trump singling out Shusterman didn’t constitute obstruction of justice but instead just “defending yourself.”
Trump has good reason to be wary of Cohen, who’s already made clear that he no longer has any allegiance to Donald Trump even though he was by his side for years. He’s been cooperating with investigations including the high profile Russia probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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