Florida Bar won’t dismiss complaint over Rep. Gaetz tweet

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) & WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) & WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — A Florida Bar disciplinary investigation will continue into a tweet sent by Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Bar officials said in a statement Wednesday the matter is being examined by a grievance committee. Gaetz represents the Panhandle and is an attorney and Florida Bar member.

"I have not been actively involved in the practice of law for several years. I'm a member of the Florida bar, but I don't work for the Florida bar. I work for the 700,000 people in Florida's First Congressional District. I'm incredibly proud of the service that our office has been able to provide to them, and I'm confident that if there's some lawyers that have a different view of my conduct, that that won't impact the very vigorous representation that I provide my district," said Gaetz in an interview with Gray DC Correspondent Alana Austin.

The potentially intimidating tweet came in February on the eve of Cohen’s testimony criticizing Trump before a House committee. Cohen is imprisoned after pleading guilty to several crimes.

Gaetz tweeted: “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 later apologized and deleted the tweet in question after facing criticism, saying to Gray DC in an interview, "Throughout my life, there are likely many tweets that if I'd had a few extra moments, I probably wouldn't have sent but I think we're at a moment in today's politics where people truly value sincerity and genuineness."

"At the end of the day, I don't apologize for the life I've led or for the things I've said because my work here in the Congress has improved quality of life for my constituents," said Gaetz.



 
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