Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz issued an apology late Tuesday over a tweet about Michael Cohen in which he claims that President Trump’s former attorney had been unfaithful to his wife, and stated that his words were not meant to be construed as threatening, Fox News informed.
The GOP Congressman apologized after the tweet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called out all members to think twice before posting comments on social media that can affect the work of the House Committees.
“Speaker, I want to get the truth too,” Gaetz wrote. “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.”
Gaetz then deleted the original tweet aimed at Cohen that said: “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 also insisted that his comments on social media were not witness tampering.
“We’re witness testing not witness tampering,” Gaetz explained. “And when witnesses come before Congress their truthfulness and veracity are in question and we have the opportunity to test them.”
The lawmaker’s remarks is a reaction of Cohen’s appearance on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a hearing.