As Gaetz Pontificates At Hearing, Florida Bar Steps Up Probe Of His Cohen Threat

UNITED STATES - APRIL 26: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a press conference on medical cannabis research reform on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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May 8, 2019 12:27 p.m.

While Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) rails against Democrats in a House Judiciary Committee hearing to possibly hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, the Florida Bar has decided that further investigation is needed to determine if the lawmaker tried to intimidate Michael Cohen.

According to a Wednesday Tampa Bay Times report, that the Florida Bar is carrying the case past its initial review signals that there are grounds for discipline should allegations against him prove true. An investigator will now reportedly take over the case.

The Bar initially opened the investigation at the end of February.

The possible threat in question came in the form of a tweet Gaetz wrote the day before Cohen was slated to testify before Congress.

“Hey @MichaelCohen212,” read Gaetz’s now-deleted tweet. “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…”

He apologized after his comment sparked an outcry.

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