Matt Gaetz Unanimously Admonished By House Ethics Committee Over Misconduct

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Rep. Matt Gaetz's 2019 tweet to Michael Cohen before his congressional testimony was viewed by some as intimidation.

The New Civil Rights Movement reported Friday that the House Committee on Ethics voted unanimously to admonish Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) “over a tweet he sent which some saw as an attempt to intimidate a witness ahead of his testimony before Congress,” the committee announced in a report.

  • Gaetz, a staunch support of President Trump, tweeted in 2019 to the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen: “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…”
  • At the time, Cohen was slated to testify before Congress.
  • The Ethics Committee said it reviewed “allegations that Representative Gaetz sought to threaten, intimidate, harass, or otherwise improperly influence the President’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, in connection with Mr. Cohen’s testimony before a congressional committee.”

An Investigative Subcommittee (ISC) found Gaetz’s actions “did not reflect creditably upon the House of Representatives, in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 1 of the Code of Official Conduct.” But it also found Gaetz “did not violate witness tampering and obstruction of Congress laws.”

The ISC “noted that a grievance committee of the Florida Bar found Representative Gaetz’s tweet to be ‘unprofessional, reckless, insensitive, and [that it] demonstrated poor judgment.'” The Bar’s “grievance committee concluded that” Rep. Gaetz’s “conduct in this instance did not warrant formal discipline,” but “was not consistent with the high standards of [its] profession,” and that Gaetz’s “actions do not reflect favorably” on him “as a member of The Florida Bar.”

  • Gaetz had “expressed remorse” and deleted the offending tweet following public outcry.

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