Since being elected to serve Florida’s 1st district in 2016, Matt Gaetz has been one of Congresses’ more controversial members. He is, perhaps, best know for his pit-bull like defense of President Donald Trump.
That protective behavior was visible today as the congressman spoke out against the Democrats contempt charge on William Barr. But while Gaetz was speaking on the House floor, the Florida Bar Association was taking a closer look at a tweet Gaetz had addressed to Michael Cohen.
The day before the former Trump fixer spoke in an open hearing, Gaetz wrote to Cohen, “Hey Michael 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.”
Gaetz was immediately upbraided by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Florida congressman apologized, writing, “Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, 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.”
He also deleted the initial tweet.
Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, 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. https://t.co/Rdbw3sTQJD
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 27, 2019
For Gaetz, who is also an attorney, that apology might not be enough. According to the Tampa Bay Times, there needs to be a further investigation into the congressman’s comments. Reporter Steve Contorno, writes, “If the committee finds probable cause, a formal complaint will be filed with the Supreme Court of Florida for a trial.”
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