President Donald Trump on Friday issued a new threat against the father-in-law of his former "fixer" over Twitter.
Reacting to reports that former personal attorney Michael Cohen has told investigators that Trump instructed him to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, the president angrily wrote that Cohen was "lying to reduce his jail time!"
Even more ominously, the president added that people should "watch [Cohen's] father-in-law," whom the president has in the past insinuated could be prosecuted for assorted crimes.
Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently… https://t.co/SriWVRUE1E— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1547823761.0
Trump's threat against Cohen's father-in-law drew immediate gasps across the internet -- with some reporters calling it a textbook example of witness intimidation.
Check out some of the reactions below.
This is witness intimidation. https://t.co/agqZ39hPwu— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1547824000.0
You gave in to your fear. I knew you would. The reek of your fear-musk is so strong wolves are howling a hundred… https://t.co/wsgjHCn9Zc— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1547824012.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews I know someone whose father-in-law did jail time. It rhymes with Sri Lanka.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee)1547824011.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews Now Trump, as President of the United States, is threatening Michael Cohen’s father-in-la… https://t.co/gILPV3LZLA— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1547823883.0
The president once again threatens a witness before congress by threatening his family. https://t.co/KX93gQDBpH— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1547823897.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews 18 U.S.C. § 1505: "Whoever ... endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede ... the due a… https://t.co/X2jWB1ln5z— William LeGate 🇺🇸 (@William LeGate 🇺🇸)1547823921.0
Cohen is slated to testify before Congress, and Trump has now repeatedly made ominous suggestions regarding a membe… https://t.co/uPwnwfoqcC— erica orden (@erica orden)1547824000.0
Five tweets this morning, and in every one, you’ve misspelled “I never had any conversation with Michael Cohen abou… https://t.co/3pQxgnU5TL— George Conway (@George Conway)1547824319.0