Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) got himself in quite a pickle when he threatened Michael Cohen right before his testimony last week — and now it seems like he’s making a really pathetic attempt to cover his own ass.
Last week, Gaetz had threatened Cohen with this message in order to protect Donald Trump:
Hey @MichaelCohen212 – 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.”
It was only after the unhinged Republican got a ton of backlash that Gaetz apologized to Cohen — which of course came after the hearing. Gaetz said he “should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry.” And Gaetz is still saying he’s sorry.
As of Sunday evening, the Republican was STILL sending Cohen apologies. Vanity Fair reported that Cohen received another text from Gaetz trying to convince the former Trump lawyer that it was “never” his intention to threaten Cohen (yeah, okay). Gaetz wrote:
Mr. Cohen, this is Congressman Matt Gaetz. I am writing to personally tell you I’m sorry for the tweet that I sent which many believe was threatening to you. It was never ever ever my intent to threaten you in any way. While you don’t know me, that is not who I am and how I operate. I do not wish any harm to you or your family. I was upset at what was transpiring and chose my words poorly. I will work to be better, as I know you said today you will as well. Have a good evening. – Matt.”
What a ton of bullsh*t that is! How was Gaetz’ original message to Cohen NOT a threat? Not only is Gaetz refusing to take responsibility for the real intent of his words, but his apology seems far from sincere. Gaetz was clearly just trying to save his ass, as his threat to Cohen was going to be looked into by the Florida bar and Gaetz could have either been reprimanded or disbarred. Law & Crime’s Ronn Blitzer noted:
Florida’s guidelines for attorney discipline say that Gaetz would have 15 days to respond to a claim against him, and then a governing body would determine whether to move forward. Should they ultimately find him in violation of the rules of professional conduct, they can take action that includes suspension or revocation of his license, or merely a public reprimand.
Gaetz’ behavior is absolutely disgusting and he doesn’t deserve to be let off the hook for trying to sabotage Cohen’s hearing.
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