Trump ally threatens to expose Michael Cohen as a womanizer
Greater than 24 hours before former Trump fixer Michael Cohen is scheduled to show up in an open hearing to discuss his relationship with the President of the United States and shed light on his involvement in a hush cash scheme involving two women alleging they had affairs with the billionaire businessman, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz directly jeopardized Cohen via Twitter.
“Hey @MichaelCohen212,” Gaetz tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Can your wife & father-in-law understand about your girlfriends? Perhaps tonight would be a fantastic time for this chat. I wonder if she will remain faithful once you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…”
The comment elicited instant push-back from House Democrats, who accused Gaetz of trying to intimidate their star witness. Cohen, Trump’s former fixer and longtime associate, is set to testify publicly before the House Oversight and Reform Committee tomorrow. He will accuse the president of “lies, racism, and cheating,” according to an individual familiar with the issue. And Cohen is expected to detail Trump’s role in his hush-money payments to 2 women alleging during the 2016 election that they were in sexual relationships with Trump.
The White House and Trump’s Capitol Hill allies have been trying to discredit Cohen before he catches the attention of the US, casting him as a liar that cannot be trusted. In a statement today, for instance, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Cohen a”disgraced felon” and said, “it’s ridiculous that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen in his word.” Cohen pleaded guilty to several crimes this past year, including lying to Congress about a Trump Organization project in Moscow and orchestrating hush-money payments to women alleging the relationships. He has said that he is finished with lying and is seeking to tell his story.
Reached by telephone, Gaetz said the tweet “speaks for itself.” He would not say whether Oversight Republicans intended to use this allegation during the hearing; Gaetz is not a member of the committee, but he is close to Republicans who are, including ranking member Jim Jordan, R.
Gaetz has also become a standard fixture on Trump’s favorite communication medium — cable TV — where he’s delivered the type of unapologetic (and factually unfounded) attacks that please the President to no conclusion.
Trump, as is he won’t, repaid Gaetz’s blind loyalty with an endorsement of his 2018 campaign while on a July trip to London. Tweeted Trump: “Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida is one of the finest and most talented folks in Congress. Strong on Crime, the Border, Illegal Immigration, the 2nd Amendment, our Military & Vets, Matt worked tirelessly on helping to get our Massive Tax Cuts. He’s my entire Endorsement!”
What Gaetz was trying to do is intimidate Cohen on behalf of Trump. Did Gaetz do so at the behest of Trump or as a solo celebrity simply trying to impress the President with how far he was willing to cover the line of acceptable conduct? I really don’t understand — although I expect when the media corps wakes up with Trump in Vietnam they ask him directly if he spoke to Gaetz about the upcoming Cohen hearing.
Irrespective of what spurred Gaetz to converse what he tweeted, what is not in question is the Florida Republican’s aim was to create Cohen think twice about what he says in the front of this House Oversight Committee. This is thuggery which should be beneath somebody as brazenly political and calculating as Gaetz.
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