Florida Bar Opens Investigation Into Gaetz Over Cohen Threat

UNITED STATES - APRIL 26: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a press conference on medical cannabis research reform on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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February 27, 2019 2:55 p.m.

The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into attorney and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to determine if his threatening tweet to Michael Cohen was a form of witness intimidation.

According to a Wednesday Daily Beast report, Gaetz was not previously aware of the probe.

“Hey @MichaelCohen212,” read Gaetz’s now-deleted tweet. “Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…”

He ultimately apologized when called out by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

During Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Stacey Plaskett called for Gatez to be investigated by the House Ethics Committee for possible witness tampering or intimidation and, if proven, be referred for criminal prosecution.

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