Earlier this afternoon, Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz decided to commit felony witness tampering in plain sight when he posted a tweet threatening to ruin Michael Cohen’s marriage ahead of Cohen’s scheduled public testimony tomorrow. Gaetz will be indicted for this, and could go to prison for it. But instead of deleting the tweet, he’s decided to make it even worse for himself. Much worse.
Immediately after Matt Gaetz posted the tweet that ended his career, a whole lot of reporters naturally wanted to get ahold of him. Alex Ward from Vox texted Gaetz and asked if the felony tweet was a preview of what House Republicans might throw at Michael Cohen when he testifies publicly tomorrow. Gaetz’s response: “Watch tomorrow.” When asked what we should be prepared for tomorrow, Gaetz replied “Fireworks.”
So there goes any opportunity for Matt Gaetz to try to convince a jury that when he sent the tweet, it wasn’t really in relation to Michael Cohen’s status as a witness. In other words, Gaetz really does appear intent on going down with the ship. Here’s the remarkable part: Gaetz isn’t even on the House Oversight Committee, so he won’t be a participant in the questioning of Cohen.
In other words, Matt Gaetz just gave away that there’s a larger conspiracy among House Republicans to try to intimidate Michael Cohen out of incriminating Donald Trump during his public testimony tomorrow. Whatever it is, it’s been plotted in advance, and Gaetz just stupidly blew it by bragging about it in public beforehand. Gaetz is toast. Which other House Republicans are going down with him? There are about to be fireworks indeed.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report