The Houses ethics committee released its report on a tweet that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) wrote to President Donald Trumps former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
While the 10-member committee found that the Florida Republicans actions were “not consistent with the high standards” for a member of Congress, the committee also concluded in its report that he “did not violate witness tampering and obstruction of Congress laws” and declined to issue more severe consequences against the Florida Representative.
The ethics panel, which is chaired by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), released its findings (pdf) on Friday.
The investigation was started over a tweet Gaetz sent a day before Cohen was to testify before the Houses oversight committee about his former boss. At that hearing, Cohen accused Trump of being a racist and of lying.
Gaetz, a staunch supporter of Trump, when first called by the committee, refused to be interviewed, which resulted in the panel establishing a subcommittee to investigate Gaetzs actions.
However, Gaetz later cooperated and testified, telling the ethics committee he was “not comfortable with the language” he used, that he acted “improperly regarding [his] own standards” and that he was sorry.
The ethics committees report mentioned that the Florida Bar, which also launched an investigation into Gaetzs tweet, found the post to be “unprofessional, reckless, insensitive, and demonstrated poor judgment,” but did not warrant disciplinary action.
“The ISC joined Representative Gaetz and the Florida Bar grievance committee in finding Representative Gaetzs tweet to Mr. Cohen did not meet the standards by which Members of the House should govern themselves and recommended that the Committee admonish Representative Gaetz for his conduct,” the report stated.
The Republican congressman essentially received a public warning, one of the lesser forms of discipline the committee can hand out.
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