The lawyer of convicted felon Michael Cohen suggested Thursday that his client fears for his life and well-being because of recent trash-talking remarks made by President Donald Trump.
And because of this alleged fear, Cohen is now reconsidering whether to testify in front of Congress next month about both his crimes and the work he previously performed as the president’s attorney.
“There is genuine fear and it causes Michael Cohen to consider whether he should go forward or not. And he’s not yet made a final decision,” lawyer Larry Davis said to MSNBC’s Ari Melber.
Listen to part one of his statement below:
So what exactly did the president say that inspired so much trepidation in Cohen? Responding to news that his former lawyer plans to testify about him to Congress, the president said last Saturday that perhaps Cohen should consider testifying about his own father-in-law instead.
“[H]e’s in trouble on some loans and fraud and taxi cabs and stuff that I know nothing about, and in order to get his sentence reduced, he says, I have an idea, I’ll give you some information on the president,” Trump said while on Fox News’ “Justice with Jeanine.” “Well, there is no information.”
“[Cohen] should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at,” he continued. “Because where does that money — that’s the money in the family. And I guess he didn’t want to talk about his father-in-law — he’s trying to get his sentence reduced. So it’s pretty sad. It’s weak and it’s very sad to watch a thing like that.”
While it’s unclear whether there’s merit to the president’s surreptitious accusation, the fact remains he was clearly just running his mouth and talking trash. To be clear, he does that often.
Yet according to Davis, the president’s latest bout of trash-talking amounts to witness intimidation.
“[Cohen] is very concerned, as is his family, that a bully in the bully pulpit named Donald Trump calls out a member of his family, and he’s also called out other members of his family, using the White House platform on a national television show,” he argued to Melber.
“Let me be very clear here. This is a definition of witness tampering and intimidation and could be obstruction of justice. But more than that, if there is one thing … that can bring Trump voters and anti-Trump voters, Democrats and Republicans together, it is to draw the line that family is out of bounds.”
It remains unknown why Davis has never issued similar declarations about the attacks by media pundits and Democrat politicians on the president’s children, the president’s wife and even the president’s mother- and father-in-law, who were accused last year of cheating their way to citizenship.
“There’s no question that his threatening and calling out his father-in-law who, quote, has all of the money, is not only improper and unseemly for a bully using the bully pulpit of the presidency, but the very definition of intimidation and witness tampering,” Davis added.
“Especially a witness about to appear before a congressional committee to tell the truth about what he knows about Donald Trump? By definition that deserves a criminal investigation. But I can see maybe Trump people would disagree with that.”
It’s also unclear how Davis suggesting Trump is a criminal who should be investigated is any different than Trump suggesting Cohen’s father-in-law is a criminal who too should be investigated.
Listen to the rest of his statement below:
Social media users who side with Trump in these matters didn’t seem impressed by Davis’s complaints, especially given his client’s history of lying about nearly everything.
Another attack by @potus @realdonaldtrump against @michaelcohen212 to discredit and intimidate a Congressional witness expected to tell the #truth on February 7th.
Don’t be distracted. @realDonaldTrump and @RudyGiuliani fear @Michael Cohen testimony. They should.
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) January 17, 2019
He’s looking for an out because he will perjure himself
— Paul Allen (@BornAgainCrypto) January 18, 2019
Cause he knows he is lying ..
— Rose of Mary (@Rosethornmary) January 18, 2019
Gee, what could he be afraid of?
— Charles Tabone (@tabone29) January 18, 2019
You have to be a witness to be witness tampering, being a loud mouth moron for the Democrats is not witness tampering.
— Rufus (@Zachj6363) January 18, 2019
Is that the Cohen who is a convicted liar?
— Liberty and Justice for ALL 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@jjpalmer2015) January 14, 2019
The only thing Cohen regrets is getting caught.
— Ann Marie (@AnnMari88912340) January 18, 2019
Every criminal tells the “truth” when it’s time to go to jail
— Ann Marie (@AnnMari88912340) January 18, 2019
His attorney @LannyDavis is planting #FakeNews articles about @MichaelCohen212 daily in the hopes Mueller will believe them, use them & give his client a better cooperation deal w/o jail. Next time @LannyDavis should represent his client instead of the reputation of the Clintons.
— Sal Mistretta (@SalMistretta1) January 18, 2019
The convicted liar, Michael Cohen, is perhaps the most discredited person the demons could have possibly selected other than @Comey himself. This clown show will be fun.
— 🇺🇲🇮🇱 Sharon Portman (@PortmanSharon) January 13, 2019
Liars gonna lie @MichaelCohen212 he had me fooled for a few days but he will never have integrity.
— Jeffrey Alman 💔 (@jeffreyalman) January 11, 2019
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