A top ally of President Trump appeared to threaten a witness on the eve of a high-profile congressional hearing, suggesting that he would expose the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen as a womanizer should he testify against Trump.
“Hey @MichaelCohen212 — Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends?” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a fierce defender of the president, wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Cohen, Trump’s former fixer and longtime associate, is set to testify publicly before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. He will accuse the president of “lies, racism and cheating,” according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe the expected testimony. And Cohen is expected to detail Trump’s role in his hush-money payments to two women alleging sexual relationships with Trump during the 2016 election.
The White House and Trump’s Hill allies have been trying to discredit Cohen before he captures the attention of the nation Wednesday, casting him as a liar who cannot be trusted. In a statement Tuesday, for example, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Cohen a “disgraced felon” and said “it’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word.”
Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Gaetz said the tweet “speaks for itself.” He would not say whether Oversight Republicans intended to use this allegation during the Wednesday hearing; Gaetz is not a member of the committee. And he gave no proof or details about what he meant in his tweet.
SOURCE: Rebecca Ballhaus and Warren P. Strobel
The Wall Street Journal