A Republican Congressman just committed blatant witness intimidation against Michael Cohen

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Trump’s longtime fixer and attorney-turned-nemesis Michael Cohen is giving his public testimony before Congress this week and is expected to dish the dirt on a litany of crimes committed by his former. If anybody knows what kind of illegal activities Donald Trump has been engaged in for decades, it’s the man who was his loyal bagman for most of them. Things are about to get very messy for the president.

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That said, no matter what Cohen reveals, no matter how credible and damning his testimony proves to be, it’s safe to presume that the majority of the Republican Party will close ranks around Trump. GOP members of both the House and Senate have repeatedly failed to hold Trump accountable for any of his actions or rhetoric, going so far as to even tacitly and in some cases overtly support the authoritarian power grab he’s attempting with his fabricated “national emergency.”

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Republicans have no interest in holding their party leader accountable. They will continue to shill for Trump until the end, as displayed by the horrendous behavior of one GOP Congressman today.

Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a troglodytic Trump sycophant and former drunk driver, took to Twitter to threaten Michael Cohen, presumably in the hopes of impressing our mobster commander-in-chief.

Gaetz tweeted at Cohen and asked him if his wife and father-in-law know about his “girlfriends,” an obvious reference to some kind of real or manufactured infidelity. 

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“Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat,” Gaetz went on, doing his best impression of a mobster henchman trying to intimidate a witness in a bad movie. He then implied that Cohen’s wife will cheat on him when he goes to prison.

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“She’s about to learn a lot…” he ended the tweet.

Clearly, Gaetz is trying to spook Cohen as he delivers his testimony before Congress. This is a blatant attempt to threaten him into silence and is absolutely inexcusable behavior for a sitting United States Representative. Frankly, he should be pressured to resign over this.

Gaetz’s tweet quickly went viral, with users swarming his mentions to point out that his message might in fact be crime, as it could be interpreted as witness intimidation. While it’s still unclear if that is indeed the case, it’s certainly something that the Democratically controlled House Oversight Committee should look into. They could learn a lot…

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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