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Florida U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz faces investigation over Michael Cohen tweet

House Ethics Committee will look at whether Gaetz’s February tweet about Cohen’s “girlfriends” was a threat

WASHINGTON (CFP) — The House Ethics Committee will investigate whether U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida violated ethics rules when he posted a tweet directed toward President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on the eve of his testimony to Congress.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida

In the February 26 tweet, Gaetz asked, “Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…”

An ethics subcommittee will investigate whether Gaetz “sought to threaten, intimidate, harass, or otherwise improperly influence” Cohen, according to a committee statement announcing the investigation.

The committee decided to proceed with an investigation after Gaetz, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters in Congress, refused a request from the committee to sit for an interview, according to the statement.

After a controversy arose over the tweet, Gaetz deleted it, apologized and denied that his intent was to threaten Cohen, who the next day regaled the House Oversight Committee with details of his years working at the president’s side.

Cohen is currently service a three-year federal prison sentence for tax and bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Gaetz’s office did not immediately respond to the committee’s statement. But Politico quoted a text message from Gaetz: “If members of Congress want to spend their time psychoanalyzing my tweets, it’s certainly their prerogative. I won’t be joining them in the endeavor. Too busy.“

Gaetz has represented Florida’s 1st District, which covers the state’s western panhandle, since 2017.

The House members on the subcommittee that will handle the complaint against Gaetz includes Democrats Anthony Brown of Maryland and Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republicans Michael Guest of Mississippi and John Rose of Tennessee.

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Florida congressional candidate announces assault rifle giveaway a week after Orlando

GOP candidate Greg Evers says raffle is his way of protecting the Second Amendment

♦By Rich Shumate, editor

florida mugPENSACOLA, Florida (CFP) — Barely a week after a gunman murdered 49 people with an assault rifle in an Orlando nightclub, a Florida congressional candidate says he will give away an AR-15 to a winner chosen randomly from people who like his campaign Facebook page.

Florida State Senator Greg Evers

Florida State Senator Greg Evers

State Senator Greg Evers, a Republican running for the 1st District congressional seat, announced the raffle in a statement on his campaign website. The winner will be selected on the Fourth of July.

“With terrorism incidents on the rise, both at home and abroad, protecting our constitutional rights has never been more important,” Evers said in the statement. “With all that’s happening in the world today, I’ve never felt stronger about the importance of the Second Amendment in protecting our homeland than I do now.”

The post on his website features pictures of the assault rifle, made by a gun manufacturer in the district, Advanced Tactical Solutions of Santa Rosa Beach. According to Evers’s announcement, the right side of the gun will display the actual wording of the Second Amendment.

To be eligible for the prize, the winner must be at least 18, live in the district and pass a background check. People can also become eligible by sharing one of Evers’s Facebook posts or signing up at his website.

Evers is one of 11 Republicans running in the 1st District, which takes in the western half of the Florida Panhandle. The primary is Aug. 30.

The district is currently represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, who is retiring.


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