Earlier this afternoon, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman confirmed that President Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen would be “postponing his Feb. 7 testimony after threats to his family from President Trump and his team.”
NEWS – @MichaelCohen212 postponing his Feb. 7 testimony after threats to his family from President Trump and his team. Story TK
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 23, 2019
A statement released by Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, confirmed that Cohen would postpone testimony viewed by many political commentators as the opening salvo from a former Trump employee linking the president to collusion with Russian operatives to subvert the 2016 presidential election.
“This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first,” Davis said.
It was the mention of “family” that prompted adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen had repeatedly impugned in a series of lawsuits filed in service to the president, to respond.
“This is your chance to be a hero!” Daniels wrote, after chastising Cohen for his disregard for her family. “I’ll loan you some of my balls, hold your hand, or whatever else you need to do the right thing.”
Are you fucking serious, Mikey?! What about MY family? You gave zero shits about my baby. In all serious though, this is WHY you shouldn't back down! This is your chance to be a hero! I'll loan you some of my balls, hold your hand, or whatever else you need to do the right thing. https://t.co/RC3yPswxdc
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) January 23, 2019
The irony of Cohen’s dilemma gave Daniels’ followers plenty of ammunition—and a lot to consider.
🤣I’m delighted that in these days, dominated by fake-religious, fake-tough people, Stormy has shown more honesty and courage than most out there
— Avocadoatlaw (@avocadoatlawnyc) January 23, 2019
Best reply to this whole damned clusterfuck. I've got an extra pair too if he needs them. Ours are bigger anyhow. We wear them proudly on our chests every damn day for the world to see.
— Michele E. Gwynn (@MicheleEGwynn) January 23, 2019
In all seriousness, Stormy, that’s not a bad idea. Two opposing sides come together in solidarity to battle one big orange gaseous entity that will kill us all if Grendel’s mom (Ann Coulter) tells it to do so.
— Black Gold⚜️Texas Tea (@Sainttea12) January 23, 2019
I'm on your side. But, prosecutors now have grounds for a witness tampering charge for Trump. Pretty slick if you want to stick it to the Prez, if you think about it. Your family deserves respect that hasn't been forthcoming. You all deserve better.
— Jimmy the Saint (@jt8164) January 23, 2019
The history that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and Cohen share could fill a novel, but that’s to be expected for the cast of characters who have found themselves in President Trump’s orbit.
In August 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts—five charges of felony tax evasion, two counts of campaign finance violations, and one count of bank fraud—in a deal struck with federal prosecutors.
The news that Cohen had implicated the president in a scheme to unlawfully silence two women, including Daniels, without whose very public efforts Cohen would likely never have been charged, sent shock waves around the world.
“How ya like me now?!” she wrote.
How ya like me now?! # teamstormy
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) August 21, 2018
Cohen had found himself at the center of the questions regarding a payment Daniels received from him as part of the non-disclosure agreement to keep her from discussing a sexual encounter with Trump back in 2006, while married to his current wife, Melania, and just a few months after Melania gave birth to their son, Barron.
A separate lawsuit filed by Daniels contends that Cohen initiated a “bogus arbitration” hearing against her without notifying her beforehand, and a copy of the restraining order against Daniels confirms that the judge made a “one-party” ruling that did not require her to be notified.