Gaetz Faces Bar Investigation After Cohen Tweet
Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the Florida Bar. The Bar’s investigation follows a complaint after Gaetz tagged Michel Cohen in a tweet asking Cohen if his wife and father-in-law know about his “girlfriends.” Gaetz has since deleted the tweet but it raised concerns from many including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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
Some say Gaetz's tweet is a threat made to a federal witness. Gaetz says that is not how he intended it. In a statement Francine Walker, Director of Communications for the Florida Bar, says the Bar is aware of the tweet and has opened an investigation. The statement says when a complaint is made the Bar investigates to determine whether Bar rules have been broken. If so, the issue could go before the state Supreme Court which can issue a number of sanctions—including disbarring a lawyer, suspending them or reprimanding them.