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Rep. Matt Gaetz’s taunt towards Michael Cohen to be probed by Florida Bar

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WATCH: Rep. Matt Gaetz suggests that there was compromising information about Michael Cohen – Feb 26, 2019

The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into a U.S. congressman from Florida after it received a complaint about a taunting tweet he made hours before President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, testified before a U.S. House committee.

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Florida Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker said in an email Wednesday that an investigation has been opened into Republican Matt Gaetz, but confidentiality rules prevent her from offering any further details.

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Gaetz, who is a Florida Bar member, has 15 days to respond.

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After an initial evaluation, the case is sent to a branch office and then a grievance committee, if Bar officials believe it has merit.

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If the grievance committee finds probable cause, charges are filed with the Florida Supreme Court and then a judge is appointed to hear the case.

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