The House Ethics Committee formally admonished Rep. Matt Gaetz for a threatening tweet about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer — the lightest form of punishment that the panel can take.
While the 10-member panel determined that the Florida Republican’s “actions did not reflect creditably upon the House of Representatives,” the committee also concluded in its report that he “did not violate witness tampering and obstruction of Congress laws” and declined to issue more severe sanctions against the Florida Republican.
“Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat,” Gaetz wrote. “I wonder if she’ll remain faithful to you in prison. She’s about to learn a lot.” Gaetz deleted the tweet and apologized, but he blew off an initial review of the complaint.
The House Ethics Committee admonishes Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz for a tweet he posted last year about Michael Cohen but says it wasn’t witness tampering https://t.co/A687laJ1i7 pic.twitter.com/L6twzpS1FQ
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