Trump GOP Ally Rep. Matt Gaetz Appears To Threaten Cohen On Twitter On Eve Of Public Testimony

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted what appears to be a veiled threat to President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen on the eve of his public testimony before the House Oversight Committee, accusing Cohen of straying from his marriage and suggested that his wife would leave him once he goes to prison.

“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…”

“A tweet in which a sitting member of Congress tries his hand at witness intimidation,” wrote former head of the federal ethics office, Walter Shaub, in response to the threatening tweet.

In a phone interview shortly after he posted the tweet, the Florida Republican denied that he had engaged in witness intimidation, reports The Daily Beast.

“No,” he stressed, “it is challenging the veracity and character of a witness. We do it everyday. We typically do it during people’s testimony.”

“This is what it looks like to compete in the marketplace of ideas,” he added.

Axios reports:

Cohen originally postponed his appearance before various congressional committees in part because of “threats against his family” from Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani. At his hearing tomorrow, Cohen is expected to present evidence of alleged “criminal conduct” by Trump during his time as president, a source familiar with Cohen’s testimony told Axios.