A sitting member of Congress believes President Donald Trump is comparable to the violent MS-13 gang.
During an interview Thursday with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Sen. Eric Swalwell, D-CA, claimed that Trump’s comparable to the brutal gang that murders, tortures, and beheads innocent people.
The segment began with Mitchell asking Swalwell, who is admittedly considering a 2020 presidential run, about reports that Trump has been “threatening” Michael Cohen, his former attorney.
Cohen was subpoenaed to testify on Thursday before the House Oversight Committee, but postponed the hearing over what he claims are threats to his family from the president and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Despite no evidence that Trump or Giuliani threatened Cohen or his family, Swalwell compared their “tactics” to MS-13 gang members.
“My position, and I think my colleagues share this, is the president has clearly I think obstructed, intimidated witnesses. He’s actually even tried to influence a jury deliberation with Paul Manafort. We should collect the evidence and conduct our investigations and see where we need to go,” Swalwell said.
Mitchell and Swalwell then took turns portraying Cohen as reliable and trustworthy, which is odd given he will be heading to prison soon for a three-years after pleading guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, bank fraud, and lying to Congress.
“This is a fear I’ve worked with for years as a prosecutor,” Swalwell said. “So the subjects may be different, we may be talking about the President of the United States, but this is how gangs conduct themselves.”
Swalwell continued, “This is how MS-13, the president’s adversary, conducts themselves. What they do is try and intimidate people who have left the gang by threatening their family, by telling them if they cooperate, harm will come to them.”
However, there’s no real evidence that either Trump or Giuliani have threatened Cohen or his family.
As noted by The Washington Free Beacon, Trump has taken to Twitter to call Cohen a “liar” and suggested Cohen’s father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, is guilty of unspecified crimes.
“In order to get his sentence reduced, he says, I have an idea, I’ll give you some information on the president. Well, there is no information. But he should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at,” Trump told Fox New host Jeanine Pirro, referring to Cohen and his father-in-law.
On Sunday, Giuliani said Shusterman “may have ties to something called organized crime.”
Making a reference to something isn’t a crime. If it was, Cohen would be in even more trouble than he already is.
Trump has said savage things about just about everyone who has ever criticized him — it’s not illegal to have an opinion or speculate about something.
To date, there is no public evidence that the president or Giuliani have threatened Cohen and his family or their safety.