The comment was a reference to an incident that allegedly occurred after Daniels spoke out about her alleged affair with Trump. She claims that in 2011, she gave an interview to a magazine that was swiftly spiked, and weeks later she claims she was approached in a parking lot by a man while with her baby.
Speaking at the time, the Daily Mail reports she said:
I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter.
Taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you now, gettin' all the stuff out.
And a guy walked up on me and said to me, 'Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.'
Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti have both claimed that it was Trump who sent the man to approach her and her baby.
Avenatti was equally vocal about Cohen's decision. Taking to Twitter, he wrote:
It is ludicrous that Michael Cohen and Lanny Davis are attempting to sell Cohen’s refusal to testify as him looking out for his family. We have all received numerous threats, especially @StormyDaniels (largely due to Cohen btw). It doesn’t stop us from doing what is right.
It is ludicrous that Michael Cohen and Lanny Davis are attempting to sell Cohen’s refusal to testify as him looking… https://t.co/0bEL44EIdK
Michael Cohen's lawyer released a statement regards the decision to delay:
Due to ongoing threats against his family from president Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen's continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date.
This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first.