Michael Cohen has been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate, and the standoff between Nancy Pelosi and the president ended with Trump buckling to her demands.
It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours. In the same day that the president insisted he would hold the State of the Union address despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s insistence otherwise, he then buckled and agreed to postpone the address.
In a similar turn of events, just as Michael Cohen’s lawyers announced that he would not be appearing in front of Congress due to threats from the president and Rudy Giuliani, the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed him to appear before them. This testimony, however, will be behind closed doors, while his testimony before the House Oversight Committee would have been public.
Both situations are tense.
Cohen has not yet responded to the subpoena, and it seems that he is still concerned for his and his family’s safety.
It is still possible that other committees will subpoena Cohen as well, as both House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings both expressed desire to compel Cohen to testify.
And, while the president has conceded to Pelosi regarding the State of the Union address, he did so with particular malice and pettiness.
“The State of the Union speech has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn’t want to hear the truth. She doesn’t want the American public to hear what’s going on. And she’s afraid of the truth. And the super-left Democrats, the radical Democrats—what’s going on in that party is shocking.” — Trump
In truth, however, Pelosi has barred the address from taking place because the beleaguered Department of Homeland Security and Secret Service have been starved of funding and staff due to the government shutdown, rendering them incapable of simultaneously protecting all three branches of government under the same roof at the same time.
That being said, the president has been holding 800,000 government employees, thousands of federal contractors, and the country in general hostage for the past 34 days, so we know that impact on human lives isn’t important to him and shouldn’t be suprised that he would insist on endangering our entire government for a few minutes on national television.
Meanwhile, the Senate is due to consider two bills to end the shutdown, though both are expected to fail due to “irreconcilable differences” between Democrats and Republicans.