Matt Gaetz may have threatened Michael Cohen at Trump’s request: Report

The threat issued by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in the eve of testimony from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, may have been done at the personal behest of the president himself.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic reports that he overheard a phone conversation between Gaetz and Trump, who called the Florida congressman from Hanoi, where he was meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un:

Gaetz’s tweet, which he posted and later deleted, is being investigated by the Florida Bar Association. In it, Gaetz suggested he was prepared to reveal alleged marital infidelities by Cohen. Many suggested the tweet crossed the line into witness intimidation, which is illegal under both federal and state law.

The Florida congressman later apologized for his tweet, commenting:

He also called Dovere’s tweet “fake news.”

Reaction to the report from Dovere set off calls Gaetz to be disbarred and censured by the House:

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