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The Florida Bar will investigate GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz's claim that ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen cheated on his wife with multiple women.
Gaetz is a licensed attorney in his home state. Other attorneys and fellow lawmakers say the claim, made on the eve of Cohen's public testimony to Congress, violated professional ethics.
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One Democrat said Wednesday that Gaetz's conduct should be reviewed by the House Ethics Committee and recommended a full-blown criminal investigation.
A spokesperson for the Ethics panel wasn't immediately available to comment, however The Florida Bar confirmed in a statement DailyMail.com that it would be conducting a review.
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'The Florida Bar is aware of the comments made in a tweet yesterday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is a Florida Bar member, and I can confirm we have opened an investigation,' a spokesperson said.
Gaetz apologized late Tuesday for making a charged allegation against Cohen that he cheated on wife. He deleted a tweet in which he made the original reference.
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It wasn't good enough for The Florida Bar and at least one of his colleagues, Del. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands.
Plaskett suggested in questioning during a House Oversight Committee hearing, at which Cohen was the start witness, that Congress do more to punish her colleague than a slap on the wrist.
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'I want to apologize for the inappropriate comments and tweets that have been made by other members of this body and as a former prosecutor and as former counsel on House Ethics,' she said.
She said, 'I think that at the very least there should be a referral to the Ethics committee of witness intimidation or tapering, under U.S.C. 15-12 of my colleague Matt Gaetz, and it may be possibly him being referred for a criminal prosecution. So, I want to put that on the record.'
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