I’m not a lawyer, or even a smart person, but this latest report from CNN sure sounds a helluva lot like obstruction of justice if true.
“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,” Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said in a statement. “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.”
Davis added, “This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first.”
Of course, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why the president is squirting liquified Big Macs into the Lincoln Bedroom while Giuliani can’t say more than two words without hilariously incriminating his client:
Namely, the explosive report that Cohen testified to the special counsel that Trump ordered Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, which would be grounds for impeachment. But, as we all watched in horror, the special counsel disputed Buzzfeed’s reporting, and well, you can set your watch to the horseshit that followed after that.
Many people are saying that the Mainstream Media will have a very hard time restoring credibility because of the way they have treated me over the past 3 years (including the election lead-up), as highlighted by the disgraceful Buzzfeed story & the even more disgraceful coverage!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
However, Buzzfeed is confident that its reporting is “going to be borne out,” and even the Columbia Journalism Review has no idea how this situation will shake out thanks to the vague nature of the special counsel’s statement.
And if Cohen’s claim that the president and his lawyer threatened his family as recently as this weekend — after the special counsel’s remarks — then it sure as hell seems like the Buzzfeed article jarred something loose.
Fortunately, our new congress is paying very close attention.
Cohen is delaying his testimony due to threats from Trump and Giuliani.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 23, 2019
Here is 18 U.S.C. § 1512:
"Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens … or attempts to do so … with intent to … influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person" is guilty of a felony. https://t.co/e6T7A67dct
Wait. Was I right about lawyer stuff? Holy shit. Suck it, bar exam!
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