Gaetz Denies He Told Trump He Was ‘Happy’ To Threaten Cohen: ‘Fake News’

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks to members of the media outside the hearing Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies at before the House Committ... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks to members of the media outside the hearing Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies at before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform at Rayburn House Office Building February 27, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Last year Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine for tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, unlawful excessive campaign contributions and lying to Congress as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 28, 2019 3:41 p.m.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is taking a page from President Trump’s burn book to combat a claim that he talked to Trump on the phone Wednesday and told him he was “happy” to post the threatening tweet about Michael Cohen.

“#FakeNews,” he tweeted, sharing a thread posted by Edward-Isaac Dovere, a staff writer for The Atlantic. Dovere reported that Trump called Gaetz on Wednesday night to talk about Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee and the tweets Gaetz posted — and later removed and apologized for — about Cohen’s family.

“I was happy to do it for you. You just keep killing it,” Gaetz was reportedly heard telling Trump, according to Dovere.

Gaetz apologized to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and, apparently, to Cohen personally, for the tweets about Cohen’s alleged “girlfriends,” but the Florida Bar is currently looking into whether he violated an ethical code with his tweet.

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