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PoliticsFlorida Bar clears Matt Gaetz in investigation of Michael Cohen tweet

03:55  15 august  2019
03:55  15 august  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The Florida Bar is investigating Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz after his threatening tweet last night about President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen . A state bar investigation is not a criminal probe, and in Florida , there are further layers of investigation that the probe will go through

The Florida Bar opened an investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz after the Panhandle Republican aimed a menacing social media message at Michael Cohen on the eve that President Donald Trump’s former lawyer was to testify before Matt Gaetz apologizes and deletes tweet about Michael Cohen .

The Florida Bar has cleared Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of any disciplinary action following a months-long investigation into a tweet he sent about President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen before his testimony before Congress.

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"The Florida Bar grievance committee that investigated the case found no probable cause to believe that Gaetz violated any of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar," state bar spokeswoman Francine Walker told CNN in a statement Wednesday. Walker said the Florida Bar will still issue a "letter of advice" to the lawmaker later this week, "essentially advising him not to do it again."

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Matt Gaetz 's tweet insinuating a threat toward Michael Cohen got him in trouble with the Florida Bar Association. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz ( R - FL ) speaks to members of the media outside the hearing Michael Cohen , former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies at before the House

The Florida Bar is investigating U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz over his now deleted tweet appearing to threaten the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen . Matt Gaetz tweet about Michael Cohen investigated by Florida Bar . Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal Published 2:59 p.m. CT Feb.

Just hours ahead of Cohen's public testimony in February 2019 before the House Oversight Committee about his dealing with Trump, Gaetz -- a Florida congressman who is one of Trump's closest allies on Capitol Hill -- tweeted at Cohen, "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..."

Gaetz celebrated the decision on Wednesday, writing on Twitter: "I thank the Bar committee members for their sound judgment."

Gaetz, who didn't offer any proof for his claims at the time of his tweet against Cohen, later deleted the post and issued an apology urging others to "leave the Cohen family alone." He told reporters at the time that his tweet did not constitute a threat and that his message was not witness-tampering, but rather, "witness-testing."

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WASHINGTON — The Florida Bar said on Wednesday that it had opened an investigation to determine whether Representative Matt Gaetz , a Republican from the state , violated its conduct rules when She’s about to learn a lot,” Mr. Gaetz wrote in his tweet , which he deleted and apologized for.

The Florida Bar investigation of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz 's now-deleted tweet appearing to threaten the president's former personal attorney, Michael Florida Bar investigation into Matt Gaetz 's tweet on Michael Cohen moves to next phase. Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal Published 2:47 p.m. CT

"This is not witness-tampering. It's witness-testing," Gaetz said. "We have an obligation in the Congress to test the truthfulness of people who come before us."

In June, the House Ethics Committee launched its own investigation into the tweet months after a request from Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York stated that she believes the GOP lawmaker's tweet could rise to the level of witness tampering and intimidation.

Gaetz, who has refused to participate in the committee's investigation, dismissed the effort in June in a statement to CNN.

"If members of Congress want to spend their time psychoanalyzing my tweets, it's certainly their prerogative," he said at the time. "I won't be joining them in the endeavor."

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly reflect when Cohen testified before Congress.

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