The House Ethics Committee issued a report on Friday which unanimously admonished Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for a threatening tweet the congressman sent to President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, before he was set to testify to Congress last year.
The tweet, which Gaetz later deleted, read:
“Hey @MichaelCohen212 – 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…”
According to The Hill:
“In a report released on Friday, the Ethics Committee delivered a rare formal rebuke against Gaetz for his tweet, which it said ‘did not reflect creditably upon the House of Representatives’ and ‘did not meet the standards by which Members of the House should govern themselves.’
“But the panel concluded that Gaetz, a close Trump ally, did not violate witness tampering and obstruction of Congress laws.”
Gaetz also wound up in trouble with the Florida Bar for his tweet, Politico reports:
“The report also pointed out the Florida Bar — which had also launched an investigation into Gaetz’ tweet — found the post to be ‘unprofessional, reckless, insensitive, and [that it] demonstrated poor judgment,’ but did not determine that his behavior warranted any disciplinary action.”
The Florida congressman has been one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies since arriving in Washington, but his devotion has at times crossed the line from support to slavish sycophancy.
In July, it was revealed that Gaetz used taxpayer money to pay a speech-writing consultant and install a television station in his father’s Niceville, Florida home.
Additionally, Gaetz also made light of the dangers from the novel coronavirus pandemic by wearing a gas mask on the floor of the House prior to a vote on legislation earlier this year.
Responding to the report from the Ethics Committee, Gaetz issued a statement which read:
“The Ethics Committee has given me an admonishment. My fellow Northwest Florida Republicans gave me 81% of the vote on Tuesday. I accept both with humility.”
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