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It was reported on Feb. 27, 2019, that the Florida State Bar has opened an investigation on Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) after he threatened Michael Cohen on Twitter on February 26.
The Florida State Bar’s communications director, Francine Andia Walker, said the organization had received numerous emails and calls regarding Gaetz’s tweet.
The Florida State Bar is an organization composed of lawyers who are licensed in the state of Florida.
According to the group’s disciplinary guidelines, the organization’s lawyer regulation arm must decide if an alleged incident “would constitute a violation of the Rules Regulating The Florida State Bar” before an investigation being opened.
On February 27, before Cohen’s testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Gaetz, who is a Trump supporter, tweeted to Cohen, “Do your wife and father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for you to have that chat. I wonder if she will remain faithful when you are in prison. She is about to learn a lot.”
Rep.Gaetz apologized and deleted the tweet.
Walker said the Florida State Bar would mail Gaetz a letter detailing the allegations. Gaetz will have the opportunity to answer the charges within 15 days.
Gaetz’s spokesperson Jillian Lane Wyant said that the Florida State Bar must investigate all complaints even if they are frivolous.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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