Fla. Bar advances investigation into Rep. Gaetz over Cohen tweet

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UPDATED 6:46 AM PT — Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Florida Bar is moving ahead with its investigation into a controversial social media post by Congressman Matt Gaetz. The association is looking into whether a now-deleted tweet from Gaetz about Michael Cohen violated any conduct rules.

Back in February, Gaetz asked in his post if Cohen’s family was aware of his alleged infidelities just before his House testimony. Critics used the opportunity to accuse the Florida Republican of witness tampering.

FILE – In this April 3, 2019 file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., voices an objection to a resolution by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. The Florida Bar has decided a disciplinary investigation will continue into a tweet sent by Gaetz about Michael Cohen. Bar officials said in a statement Wednesday, May 8, 2019, that the matter is being examined by a grievance committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

However, Gaetz later refuted the allegations against him, and apologized before removing the post:

“I think it’s appropriate to staunchly defend oversight, but upon further reflection we should leave people’s families out of this. My issue is Michael Cohen and his truthfulness should not impugn his family, and it’s my belief that I could have chosen my words more carefully and I should not mention people’s families in the context of congressional work.

The Florida Bar will determine whether to file a formal complaint with the Florida Supreme Court to take-up the case. In the meantime, Gatez’s office issued a statement, saying he remains confident in the association.

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