JUST IN: House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Gaetz For ‘Threatening’ Michael Cohen
The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced that it is investigating Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL) for attempting to ‘intimidate’ Trump’s former-lawyer-turned-rat Michael Cohen ahead of his February testimony to Congress.
The Hill reported:
In a statement, House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), the panel’s ranking Republican, said that Gaetz declined the committee’s request to appear before the committee for an in-person interview in May.
The Ethics Committee said it told Gaetz that it wouldn’t be able to resolve the ethics complaint against him without his testimony and warned that if it couldn’t dispose of the complaint by June 24, the rules would require formally opening an investigative subcommittee to review the allegations.
On February 26 of this year, Congressman Gaetz fired off a veiled threat to Michael Cohen in a since-deleted tweet.
“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…” Gaetz previously tweeted.
Prior to deleting the tweet, Gaetz defended it by telling reporters, “we’re witness testing not witness tampering.”
“And when witnesses come before Congress, their truthfulness and veracity are in question and we have the opportunity to test them,” Gaetz said.
Pelosi came out swinging and said lawmakers’ comments “on social media or in the press can adversely affect the ability of the House Committees to obtain the truthful and complete information necessary to fulfill their duties.”
Gaetz later apologized to Speaker Pelosi, “Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did. I’m deleting the tweet & I should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry.”
So the House Ethics Committee is investigating Gaetz over a tweet, yet Adam Schiff, who met with Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson, a witness in the investigation into ‘Trump-Russia’ still has not been questioned or hit with an ethics violation.
Tom Fitton has repeatedly sounded the alarm on Adam Schiff’s ethics violations.
Schiff, who will question Mueller, is also ethically compromised–he lied about @RealDonaldTrump and Russia + serious ethics problems over mishandling of classified info and irregular communications with anti-Trump witnesses. https://t.co/T9MjykP86c https://t.co/uvZiY1lDS6 pic.twitter.com/DCSaARJGkL
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 27, 2019
We have a two-tiered justice system in this country. There is one set of rules for Democrats and another set of rules for Republicans and Trump supporters.