Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has planted his flag as one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters. Reporters have indentified Gaetz as perhaps the lawmaker who most resembles Trump in his general temperament, behavior and actions.
This sort of behavior was on display when the Florida Congressman posted a threatening tweet at Michael Cohen the day before the President’s lawyer was set to testify. The House Ethics Committee has asked Gaetz to appear before them for questioning and the Congressman, this far, has ignored those requests.
The situation began when Gaetz tweeted to Cohen, 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.” After a reprimand from Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Gaetz apologized and deleted the tweet.
In his apology, the Congressman said, “It was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did. I’m deleting the tweet & I should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry.”
His word have become much tougher since the ethics panels announced their intention to talk to them. Gaetz said this week, “If members of Congress want to spend their time psychoanalyzing my tweets, it’s certainly their prerogative. I won’t be joining them in the endeavor.”
The Ethics committee isn’t the only body looking into Gaetz’s words. The Florida State Bar Association is also investigating if Gaetz, who is also an attorney, violated any rules.
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