Cohen Gets Massive Dose Of Bad News That Could Ruin The President

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The collective disappointment heard ’round the world when Trump’s former personal attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, announced that he will postpone his testimony in front of Congress due to threats against his family from Trump and Giuliani.

Congress, however, says this isn’t a choice he’ll be making.

According to some Democratic members of Congress, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cumming and senior member Rep. Stephen Lynch, as well as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Cohen’s withdrawal may prompt a subpoena. Cumming said that a “major announcement” regarding the matter would be released later on Wednesday.

Should Cohen be able to produce proof of threats by the president and his attorney, it would constitute witness tampering, a felony crime. While many believe that Trump’s tweets calling Cohen’s father-in-law a criminal, which could indicate that he’s prompting acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to investigate him, is the source of Cohen’s assertions, it’s possible that there’s more information that hasn’t yet been made public.

At this point, it is still possible that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may insist that Cohen’s testimony not be made public while he continues to cooperate in the ongoing investigation into Russian collusion. That wouldn’t save Cohen from testifying, but it may save him from doing so in public.

Ahead of Cummings’ announcement, there’s no way to tell whether or not we’ll ever get to hear Cohen’s testimony in front of the Senate. Regardless, nothing he’s had to say thus far, whether in private or in public, has boded well for the president.

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