Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla) will be investigated for his tweet about the former lawyer of President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, according to a Wednesday statement from the Florida Bar.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the case is advancing to the Grievance Committee, which will determine if there is probable cause that Gaetz, a licensed attorney in the state, violated Florida Bar rules. If probable cause is established, a complaint will be filled with the Florida Supreme Court.
At that time, Gaetz wrote:
“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 now apologized for the tweet and deleted it from his account, adding in his apology that he had no intention to threaten Michael Cohen, as he later tweeted:
“While it is important to create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did.’’
After that he wrote another tweet, in which he apologized:
“I’m deleting the tweet & I should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry.’’
The Hill reported that Gaetz was later seen on the House Oversight hearing where Cohen testified, even though he is not a member of that committee. Back in February, it was confirmed by the Florida bar that they were investigating the incident.
This probe would have ended, if the Florida bar decided that there was no cause for discipline, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Gaetz’s spokeswoman Jillian Lane Wyant issued a statement in The Hill about the recent happenings in the situation in which she said:
“Congressman Gaetz remains confident that the Florida Bar will not impair his vigorous and successful representation of his district.”