Matt Gaetz in Legal Hot Water for Tweet

Republic Representative Matt Gaetz is the focus of an investigation by the Florida Bar. Matt Gaetz recently threatened Michael Cohen before his testimony at Congress. The Florida Bar is checking to see whether these threats crossed any professional conduct guidelines.

The Florida Bar is responsible for licensing lawyers in the state. They have yet to reveal any information learned in the investigation, however, spokesperson for the Florida Bar, Francine Walker, spoke on the Bar’s investigation and Gaetz’s comments.

Walker further went on and stated that if they find evidence of any sort of rule violation, the Florida Bar promises to pursue legal action through the Florida Supreme Court. As of Wednesday, Gaetz reportedly was unaware of the ongoing investigation.
Matt Gaetz is an attorney licensed in Florida and a vocal supporter of President Trump. He recently came under criticism for releasing a tweet that seemingly threatened Michael Cohen. In the tweet, he guaranteed personal payback.

Cohen’s testimony has been damaging to Trump, and Cohen has stated that the current President took part in illicit activity throughout his election campaign.
The tweet, which is now deleted, mentioned Cohen’s family and personal life. Gaetz immediately defended his action by stating that it was not out of the norm for individuals to speak in such a manner. Gaetz has said that the implied threat was not at all intentional.

Later, Gaetz went on to apologize for his tweet. He has expressed remorse for involving the family and personal life of Michael Cohen. The Florida Bar will look at his actions in detail.
The Florida Bar has strict guidelines regarding the ethical actions of their licensed attorneys (another example of ethical violations sanction is the case against Felix Sater, this time coming from the NY Bar). Once the Bar has made a decision regarding the alleged conduct, Gaetz will have a little over two weeks to reply.

After this response, lawyers representing the Florida Bar will continue an investigation into the issue. The Florida Bar’s grievance committee will then take its finding from the investigation to the Florida Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court then examines the results and makes a ruling on the case. Sanctions may even be applied to Republic Representative Matt Gaetz.

Lawyers around the United States have chimed in on the matter. Some have agreed that Matt Gaetz did engage in a type of witness intimidation by mentioning Cohen’s family. The wording he used in his tweet has potential legal ramifications for Gaetz. The last line of his tweet is what could land him in legal hot water. The implication of his last line can take on an intimidating meaning for Cohen’s wife.

The Florida Bar officially states that their licensed law practitioners cannot use the results of law proceedings for illegitimate purposes. They should also not be used to harass or intimidate individuals as they please. These guidelines for behavior also fall into the lawyer’s personal life. The public statements they make all fall under the guidelines of the Florida Bar.
Lawyers are equally responsible for challenging the legal process as much as they are for defending it.

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