May 8, 2019 - Technology

Florida Bar advances investigation into GOP Rep. Gaetz for Michael Cohen tweet

In this image, Gaetz stands and looks to the right while speaking.

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The Florida Bar announced on Wednesday that its investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) for appearing to threaten Michael Cohen on Twitter will be taken to a grand jury-like panel, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Why it matters: By taking this step, the Florida Bar signals that its initial investigation determined that allegations against Gaetz would be in violation of Florida's guidelines for lawyers, if proven true. Gaetz, who is a licensed attorney in the state, tweeted a threat to President Trump's former personal attorney on the eve of his public testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

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