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Trump’s ‘witness tampering’ may succeed with Michael Cohen who fears for his family says attorney Lanny Davis

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Public testimony by longtime Donald Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen before the House Oversight Committee was expected to one of the most exciting Capitol Hill events since Democrats took control of the House of Representative in the 2018 midterm elections.

But it might not happen.

Cohen advisor and former attorney Lanny Davis said to MSNBC’s Ari Melber that Cohen was “considering” whether to testify in light of President Trump’s attacks on his family.

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Melber played a clip of Trump calling in to Fox News to attack Cohen’s father-in-law.

“Has that an impact on Mr. Cohen, as we’ve seen reports about?” Melber asked.

“Very much so,” Davis replied. “He is very concerned — as is his family — that a bully in the bully pulpit named Donald Trump calls out a member of his family and he’s also called out other members of his family, using the White House platform on a national television show.”

“Let me be very clear here, this is a definition of witness tampering and intimidation and could be obstruction of justice,” Davis charged.

“You’re saying in this interview tonight, as Mr. Cohen’s adviser, you view what the president is doing already as illegal tampering?” Melber asked.

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“There is no question that his threatening and calling out his father-in-law who, ‘has all of the money’ is not only improper and unseemly for a bully using the bully pulpit of the presidency, but the very definition of intimidation and witness tampering — especially a witness about to appear before a Congressional committee to tell the truth about what he knows about Donald Trump, by definition that deserves a criminal investigation,” Davis answered.

“Do you, from your dealings with Mr. cohen and others view the president as trying to make good on this threat?” Melber asked.

“There is genuine fear and it has caused Michael Cohen to consider whether he should go forward or not and he’s not yet made a final decision,” Davis revealed.

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“Are you saying tonight the testimony may be off?” Melber asked.

“I would just say that the exact words that he’s considering whether to go forward in light of the concerns about his family,” Davis replied. “My guess is that he won’t let a bully silence him, but I can tell you that he is still considering whether to do this or not.”

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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Bloomberg and Biden attack Sanders supporters’ ‘Trump-like’ tactics

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On Monday, The New York Times analyzed the state of the Democratic presidential primaries heading into the Nevada caucuses. One of the key new developments is a fresh volley of attacks on the behavior of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which is being characterized as "Trump-like" by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which has largely focused its attacks on President Trump, on Monday mounted a frontal offensive against one of his Democratic rivals for the first time, comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign tactics with those employed by the president," wrote Thomas Kaplan, Kate Conger, and Reid Epstein.

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