Trump Ally Under Fire For Appearing To Threaten Cohen With Disclosure of Affairs

Just when you thought that the politics in Washington, D.C. could not get more grotesque, it does. In a shocking tweet, House Oversight Committee, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, tweeted out a clear threat to Michael Cohen that his appearance before Congress just might lead to the disclosure of affairs with multiple women. It is clearly highly inappropriate and, even as one of Cohen’s longest critics, it is outrageous to threaten the release of immaterial personal dirt on a witness who is reportedly ready to implicate the President in wrongdoing.

Gaetz tweeted “Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison.  She’s about to learn a lot…”

Gaetz later insisted that the tweet was not a threat, but it is hard to read that tweet in any other way.

If the tweet was supposed to help Trump, it didn’t. It instantly made Cohen a victim and suggested that Republicans are willing to openly threaten witnesses with personal destruction if they testify against the President.

There are areas about Cohen that should be pursued by Congress, including areas where New York prosecutors believe he continues to be withholding evidence. That evidence may consider Cohen’s other illegal activities or associations, including possible wrongdoing by this father-in-law and other family members.

Here is the tweet:

Matt Gaetz@mattgaetz

Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…5,9914:12 PM – Feb 26, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy35K people are talking about this

71 thoughts on “Trump Ally Under Fire For Appearing To Threaten Cohen With Disclosure of Affairs”

  1. The criticism of Cohen is that he has been found guilty of the behavior that he is accusing Trump of. He has committed tax evasion, fraud, lied, threatened…Having mistresses of his own that he paid off would be yet another parallel where an obviously guilty man is the only witness against someone else. He’s a jailhouse snitch who we are supposed to take at his word. There has been an accusation that Mueller threatened to give his wife 30 years for cosigning on a loan application in which he over inflated the value of his taxi medallions. I have not confirmed that accusation.

    If the evidence is word alone, Cohen has burned his credibility.

    I would say that disclosing Cohen’s affairs while he testified was distasteful. I believe such infidelities are between the spouses. He should have informed his spouse instead of harming her through a public disclosure. What a way to find out. However, it might be argued that it is relevant to the trend with Cohen.

  2. Matt Gaetz is like so many little kids, especially boys, that I taught. They were bright, curious and had a shipload of confidence. You couldn’t shake that confidence if you wanted to. And they were always happy, energized and ready to help. Sometimes they could drive you crazy with their zeal……..but give me that kid any day over a whining, self-made victim with a chip on his shoulder.

          1. Well batousan 2014….you either understand a young man’s passion for his cause, or you don’t.
            I guess you don’t, and that’s ok.

            1. I understand his passion for the cause — he’s mimicking the president — and doubt his judgement. Like you wrote, “drive you crazy with their zeal.”

  3. Cohen’s job was to lie for the liar in chief and that’s what he was found guilty of during his previous Congressional testimony.

    I fail to see how attacking him for that helps the President, who Tony Soprano like has publicly denounced “rats” Further, in contrast to another lie from the President, his testimony this week cannot help lower his sentence. If he lies again however, he could face new charges.

  4. What a piece of work is Rep. Matty Matt-Matt Gaetz. (You would not believe):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Gaetz

    Matthew Louis Gaetz II is an American attorney who has served as the U.S. Representative for …. As a Florida State Representative in 2015 Matt Gaetz co- authored an amendment with Democratic Rep. … had written a resolution that Gaetz brought to the House Judiciary Committee using primarily content from /r/ The Donald, …

    1. Here’s but one small sample of Matty Matt-Matt’s work from the article linked above:

      In its July–August 2017 issue, Foreign Policy reported that Devin Murphy, a Gaetz legislative aide, had written a resolution that Gaetz brought to the House Judiciary Committee using primarily content from /r/The Donald, “a pro-Trump subreddit notorious for both its embrace of conspiracy theories and its gleeful offensiveness.” One of the allegations was that James Comey had leaked investigative matters to New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt, beginning when Schmidt would have been around 10 years old. In an email to Wired magazine, Gaetz said, “It is the responsibility of our staff to gather as much information as possible when researching a subject and provide that information for consideration. We pride ourselves on seeking as much citizen input as possible.” The /r/The_Donald posters’ suggestions are represented in “roughly two-thirds of the total finished amendment.”

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