Democrats are, no doubt, salivating at the prospect of sinking their teeth into the scores of investigations of the Trump administration they have planned for the next two years. One of the highlights of those investigations is the upcoming appearance, before the House Oversight Committee, of the President’s former “fixer,” Michael Cohen. That event, originally scheduled for February 7, has now been postponed for a reason that defies belief and that, potentially, puts Cohen himself and his Democrat activist lawyer, Lanny Davis, in a very difficult position.
Davis cited “ongoing threats” against Cohen and his family as the reason for postponing the hearing, though the attorney offered no explanation of why the alleged threats have any conceivable effect on his client’s agreement to testify before Congress. A congressional hearing is little more than a fact-finding exercise, while Cohen himself has already been grilled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators. There is nothing of substance that Cohen could possibly tell the oversight committee that he hasn’t already divulged to Mueller.
The very idea, then, that anyone would threaten Cohen to prevent him testifying before the committee – as Davis is clearly implying – makes no sense at all. How Cohen or any member of his family would be endangered as a result of his planned testimony is also a mystery for which no explanation has been offered.
Even more bizarre, however, is the accusation that these alleged threats – of which no evidence or details have been revealed – came from none other than President Donald Trump himself and his current attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
“Due to ongoing threats against [Cohen’s] family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend,” Davis said, “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.”
…dirt on Trump – whether real or fabricated.
Davis declined to provide further information about the “ongoing” threats, or the specifically mentioned threat, allegedly made the previous weekend. Davis, it seems, would have Americans believe that either Trump or Giuliani delivered some threat to Cohen via letter, email, phone call, or text message – or perhaps transmitted verbally in some dark, Washington alley – since neither the president nor his attorney has made any public statement which could be interpreted as a threat.
Perhaps, of course, this is more about Davis orchestrating the planned congressional testimony and the continued reluctance of his client to place himself in a position of, once again, having to perjure himself in order to give Davis and his Democratic cronies what they want: dirt on Trump – whether real or fabricated.
Lanny Davis Has Duty to Provide Evidence
There is little doubt that Democrats will ensure Cohen gets to testify at some future point, even though the disgraced former Trump attorney is due to report to prison on March 6. The prospect of the alleged threats being discussed at that point is positively tantalizing. Will Democrats on the committee question Cohen about the nature of the threats? If not – and, almost certainly, the Democratic members will conveniently forget to ask that question – will Republicans on the committee demand answers?
It is not a trivial thing to accuse a sitting president, or his attorney, of making threats against an American citizen. Lanny Davis must, at some point, be required to provide specific details to the special counsel, as well as to Congress. Of all the things for which Democrats plan to investigate the president, this matter should now be at the very top of their list. In addition to Mueller’s team, the FBI should be furnished with evidence of these threats and, no doubt, the tapes or other communications that corroborate Davis’s allegations should be made public at the appropriate time.
Abruptly, this claim by Cohen’s lawyer has become the biggest story of 2019 – or so it should be. Every journalist and political pundit in the United States should now be anticipating, with bated breath, the sordid details of these alleged threats that were serious and sinister enough to cause Michael Cohen – in fear for his life – to cancel his appearance before Congress.