Tonight we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will supposedly be issuing his final report about Donald Trump next week. In what is surely not a coincidence, we’ve also learned tonight that Michael Cohen will be publicly testifying about Donald Trump for the House Oversight Committee next week. Now Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has entered the fray.
Palmer Report has been suggesting all along that while Donald Trump’s threats against Michael Cohen’s family were real, Cohen’s real reason for delaying his testimony was that Robert Mueller wanted him to wait a bit longer. This was seemingly confirmed by the reactions of House Democrats, who were just fine with Cohen using whatever excuse he wanted – Trump’s threats, his shoulder problem, you name it – for the delay.
But now suddenly Michael Cohen is showing no fear at all. Not only is he testifying next Wednesday, he’s doing it in front of live television cameras, meaning it’ll be one of the biggest spectacles in the history of American politics. Of course Donald Trump’s threats against Cohen are still a factor, and that’s where Pelosi is stepping in.
After the news broke, Speaker Pelosi tweeted this: “Michael Cohen will come before the @OversightDems & @HouseIntel Committees next week. Congress has an independent duty under the Constitution to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch, and any efforts to intimidate family members or pressure witnesses will not be tolerated.” Two things stand out here.
For one thing, Nancy Pelosi just broke the news that Michael Cohen will be testifying before the Oversight and Intel committees next week, meaning that everything truly is aligning against Donald Trump as we speak. More importantly, Pelosi is making clear to Trump that if he tries to make any further threats against Cohen’s family, she’ll find a way to make Trump pay for it. Intriguingly, Cohen quickly retweeted Pelosi’s tweet.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report