The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) for a February tweet in which he threatened to release embarrassing personal information about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
The panel revealed in a statement that it has opened a formal inquiry into Gaetz’s comment based on a March 13 complaint from a fellow lawmaker, who is not identified. According to the panel, Gaetz blew off an initial review of the complaint on May 16, an extraordinary rebuke to his colleagues.
Gaetz, in a text, said he intends to blow off that panel too. “If members of Congress want to spend their time psychoanalyzing my tweets, it’s certainly their prerogative,” he wrote. “I won’t be joining them in the endeavor. Too busy.“