Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe openly questioned why more attention hasn’t been given to what he’s described as “witness tampering” on the part of President Donald Trump toward his former “fixer” lawyer Michael Cohen.
Referring to a BuzzFeed News article that suggested Trump had told Cohen to lie in front of Congress during testimony he had given, Tribe pondered over why Trump’s latest attacks against his former legal counsel didn’t garner more outrage or concern.
“Why did Buzzfeed story about Trump’s subornation of perjury cause a Tsunami while his witness tampering in plain view causes only a ripple?” Tribe asked in a tweet he authored on Thursday morning.
Tribe added that, among the two issues, the witness tampering amounted to a “more serious crime,” as the punishment for intimidating a witness carries with it a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, while suborning perjury is only five years. Both crimes would be considered a felony under federal law.
“Looks like only hidden POTUS crimes shock people,” Tribe opined. “Crimes in plain view, not so much.”
JUST IN: Michael Cohen's lawyer blasts Rudy Giuliani, accuses him of "witness tampering."
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Late last week, Trump made a not-so-subtle jab toward Cohen, suggesting that he was only agreeing to cooperate with the Russia investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller to reduce his own prison sentence. A comment that appeared to be a warning toward Cohen about his father-in-law accompanied that tweet by Trump.
“Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!” Trump wrote in his tweet.
The threat, as well as other comments from Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, forced Cohen to postpone indefinitely his plans to speak before Congress next month, reporting from CNN indicated. Giuliani alleged on Sunday that Cohen’s father-in-law “may have ties to something called organized crime,” according to reporting from Vox.
It appears that Cohen understands that Trump’s messages are meant to suggest his testimony could have consequences for those close to him.
“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, 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,” Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis said in a statement.
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