Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has found himself under investigation by the Florida Bar Association after tweeting what appeared to be a threat against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen earlier this week.
And during Cohen’s hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) suggested that Gaetz be referred for possible criminal prosecution for witness intimidation, or at the very least be referred to the House ethics committee.
But according to RawStory, that threat might have come at the behest of President Donald Trump himself.
Atlantic reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere tweeted on Thursday that he overheard a phone call between Gaetz and Trump, indicating that the president had called Gaetz “from Hanoi to discuss the Cohen testimony and apparent threat.”
Asked about the conversation, Gaetz later told Dovere that he does not discuss phone calls with the president.
Whether Trump requested Gaetz's actions or the lawmaker was merely bragging is unclear.
During Cohen’s testimony, Gaetz was spotted on the sidelines of the committee hearing, staring intently at the witness, despite the fact that he is not on the Oversight Committee.
In the now-deleted tweet Gaetz directed at Cohen on Tuesday, the lawmaker wrote: “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…”
He later apologized for the tone of the tweet, but insisted it was nothing outside the bounds of normal and that Cohen’s marriage was fair game, saying: “We do it everyday. We typically do it during people's testimony. This is what it looks like to compete in the marketplace of ideas.”