GOP Rep Matt Gaets "Appears" to Intimidate Cohen Ahead of Testimony

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#1 Edited by mattbbpl (16889 posts) -

This seems pretty naked to me. Gatez himself denies that it's witness tampering and instead claims it's "witness testing" - whatever that is.

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#2 Edited by HoolaHoopMan (10518 posts) -

This is pretty blatant. I don't see how it's meant to do anything else than intimidate.

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#3 Posted by Lach0121 (11381 posts) -

Oh how the right will spin it.

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#4 Posted by Horgen (119956 posts) -

And what would be the difference between witness tampering and witness testing?

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#5 Posted by mattbbpl (16889 posts) -

@horgen: I haven't the slightest. I'll defer to Mr. Gaetz.

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#6 Posted by Horgen (119956 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

@horgen: I haven't the slightest. I'll defer to Mr. Gaetz.

I mean. Wouldn't testing be trying to find the limit for what could be considered tampering?

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#7 Posted by mattbbpl (16889 posts) -

@horgen: Based on that tweet, it sure seems to be.

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#8 Posted by rmpumper (507 posts) -

Don't worry guys, that's just harmless "alternative" witness tampering, nothing to see here.

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#9 Posted by mattbbpl (16889 posts) -

He has now deleted the tweet and apologized for issuing it.

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#10 Posted by Serraph105 (33523 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

He has now deleted the tweet and apologized for issuing it.

"What a weak individual" Trump.

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#11 Posted by LJS9502_basic (166192 posts) -

Seems the entire party is filled with odious people..........

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#12 Edited by Zaryia (7819 posts) -

Fucking gangsters

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#13 Edited by Jacanuk (18118 posts) -

This thread :D

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#14 Posted by mrbojangles25 (43539 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

He has now deleted the tweet and apologized for issuing it.

A bit late for that, cat's out of the bag.

@zaryia said:

Fucking gangsters

Gangster wannabes.

But yeah, they sure subscribe to the same tactics.

It's the DC Mafia :P

@Jacanuk said:

This thread :D

Thread drama is only as good as the political drama, dude. And frankly it's disgusting.

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#15 Posted by ad1x2 (7350 posts) -

It is pretty stupid that he would threaten a man that was already convicted in court of lying to Congress before he testifies to Congress a second time a month before going to jail for his original lies.

Who does he think he is, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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@ad1x2 said:

It is pretty stupid that he would threaten a man that was already convicted in court of lying to Congress before he testifies to Congress a second time a month before going to jail for his original lies.

Who does he think he is, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

What relevance is AOC's tweet again? Oh right, it's more bullshit equivalence.

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#17 Posted by ad1x2 (7350 posts) -

@HoolaHoopMan said:
@ad1x2 said:

It is pretty stupid that he would threaten a man that was already convicted in court of lying to Congress before he testifies to Congress a second time a month before going to jail for his original lies.

Who does he think he is, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

What relevance is AOC's tweet again? Oh right, it's more bullshit equivalence.

She threatened to use her power as a member of Congress as retaliation to being trolled on Twitter and got over 200,000 likes for her threat. But I’m sure you don’t care because Don Jr. is the enemy and AOC is the savior and new leader of the Democratic party. After all, she said herself that she’s now “the boss” and that anybody complaining about how ridiculous the Green New Deal is is just yelling from the cheap seats.

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#18 Posted by mattbbpl (16889 posts) -

He's now under investigation by the Florida State bar for witness tampering via this tweet.

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#19 Edited by HoolaHoopMan (10518 posts) -

@ad1x2 said:
@HoolaHoopMan said:
@ad1x2 said:

It is pretty stupid that he would threaten a man that was already convicted in court of lying to Congress before he testifies to Congress a second time a month before going to jail for his original lies.

Who does he think he is, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

What relevance is AOC's tweet again? Oh right, it's more bullshit equivalence.

She threatened to use her power as a member of Congress as retaliation to being trolled on Twitter and got over 200,000 likes for her threat. But I’m sure you don’t care because Don Jr. is the enemy and AOC is the savior and new leader of the Democratic party. After all, she said herself that she’s now “the boss” and that anybody complaining about how ridiculous the Green New Deal is is just yelling from the cheap seats.

This thread is about WITNESS tampering, something that is illegal. Simple threats aren't. The AOC reference is simply deflection.

Bu bu but whu whu whaaaat about.

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#20 Posted by sonicare (56571 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

This seems pretty naked to me. Gatez himself denies that it's witness tampering and instead claims it's "witness testing" - whatever that is.

It's incredibly bush league as well. Someone this immature should not be in congress.

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#21 Posted by HoolaHoopMan (10518 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

He's now under investigation by the Florida State bar for witness tampering via this tweet.

What an idiot. Big tough man is backtracking now. Deal with the consequences of your actions.

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#22 Posted by Mandzilla (3790 posts) -

Like something out of the Sopranos lol. Is the GOP even a political party anymore or a mob family?

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#23 Posted by ad1x2 (7350 posts) -

@HoolaHoopMan said:
@ad1x2 said:
@HoolaHoopMan said:
@ad1x2 said:

It is pretty stupid that he would threaten a man that was already convicted in court of lying to Congress before he testifies to Congress a second time a month before going to jail for his original lies.

Who does he think he is, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

What relevance is AOC's tweet again? Oh right, it's more bullshit equivalence.

She threatened to use her power as a member of Congress as retaliation to being trolled on Twitter and got over 200,000 likes for her threat. But I’m sure you don’t care because Don Jr. is the enemy and AOC is the savior and new leader of the Democratic party. After all, she said herself that she’s now “the boss” and that anybody complaining about how ridiculous the Green New Deal is is just yelling from the cheap seats.

This thread is about WITNESS tampering, something that is illegal. Simple threats aren't. The AOC reference is simply deflection.

Bu bu but whu whu whaaaat about.

Call it a deflection if you want, but in both situations a member of Congress (in her case being a representative-elect) used threats on Twitter to attempt to get the result they wanted. But you are only upset about the person that threatened Cohen because he was being pulled in front of congress in hopes that his testimony could potentially be used to start impeachment proceedings against Trump.

And since when has something needed to be illegal for it to get a thread here? People start several threads a day to drag the GOP through the mud even if the thread has nothing in it that is illegal...

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#24 Posted by mattbbpl (16889 posts) -

@mandzilla: I've been wondering how legitimate that question is.

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#25 Posted by HoolaHoopMan (10518 posts) -

@ad1x2 said:
@HoolaHoopMan said:

This thread is about WITNESS tampering, something that is illegal. Simple threats aren't. The AOC reference is simply deflection.

Bu bu but whu whu whaaaat about.

Call it a deflection if you want.

It is, and the distinction has already been pointed out to you. You're just trying to divert attention to something which is not equivalent.

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#26 Posted by ad1x2 (7350 posts) -

@HoolaHoopMan said:
@ad1x2 said:
@HoolaHoopMan said:

This thread is about WITNESS tampering, something that is illegal. Simple threats aren't. The AOC reference is simply deflection.

Bu bu but whu whu whaaaat about.

Call it a deflection if you want.

It is, and the distinction has already been pointed out to you. You're just trying to divert attention to something which is not equivalent.

Since you only want to quote the part of my rebuttal that you can answer while leaving the rest of it out, I can see that you don’t get why both instances are wrong but political bias only allows you to see one of them as wrong. If any Republican was telling critics of one of their controversial policies “I’m the boss” they would have a 500+ post thread bashing them and anyone that voted for them within hours but it’s okay when AOC does it.

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#27 Edited by mattbbpl (16889 posts) -

Now I need to pine for the days when Republicans replied with, "Yeah it's unethical, but is it it illegal?" We've moved from that to, "Yeah it's illegal, but it's tangentially similar to something not-illegal that someone else has done."

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#28 Posted by plageus900 (2651 posts) -

Matt Gaetz probably got his ass kicked as a kid.

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#29 Edited by HoolaHoopMan (10518 posts) -

@ad1x2 said:
@HoolaHoopMan said:
@ad1x2 said:

Call it a deflection if you want.

It is, and the distinction has already been pointed out to you. You're just trying to divert attention to something which is not equivalent.

Since you only want to quote the part of my rebuttal that you can answer while leaving the rest of it out, I can see that you don’t get why both instances are wrong but political bias only allows you to see one of them as wrong. If any Republican was telling critics of one of their controversial policies “I’m the boss” they would have a 500+ post thread bashing them and anyone that voted for them within hours but it’s okay when AOC does it.

I'm not going to quote the irrelevant parts. I'm trying to stick to the subject at hand: potential witness tampering by a member of Congress, which is illegal. AOC hasn't done anything of the sort so it seems quite bizarre that she would be brought up. Continue to play the part of a victim though.

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#30 Posted by ad1x2 (7350 posts) -
@mattbbpl said:

Now I need to pine for the days when Republicans replied with, "Yeah it's unethical, but it is it illegal?" We've moved from that to, "Yeah it's illegal, but it's tangentially similar to something not-illegal that someone else has done."

If Gatez broke the law with his tweet then he needs to be prosecuted. My post mentioning AOC threatening Don Jr. over a meme he shared does not change that.

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#31 Posted by LJS9502_basic (166192 posts) -

@ad1x2 said:

It is pretty stupid that he would threaten a man that was already convicted in court of lying to Congress before he testifies to Congress a second time a month before going to jail for his original lies.

Who does he think he is, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Comparing apples and oranges now as a defense? Hahaha..........