A Florida Republican is threatening to expose an alleged extramarital affair between President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and multiple women.
Cohen answered questions from lawmakers behind closed doors Tuesday and will do the same Thursday. He is scheduled to testify in an open setting Wednesday as politicians look for answers about any illegal activity Trump might have been involved in during his campaign and after he was elected.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., started things off with this strongly worded 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 immediately started catching heat for the tweet because of its threatening nature. Law & Crime even raised the question of whether Gaetz committed witness tampering with his tweet.
After his tweet started to go viral, Gaetz talked to The Daily Beast and said he did not intend to intimidate Cohen.
"No, it is challenging the veracity and character of a witness," Gaetz said. "We do it every day. We typically do it during people's testimony. This is what it looks like to compete in the marketplace of ideas."
Later, according to Mediaite, Gaetz insisted he was engaging in "witness testing, not witness tampering."
Cohen met with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors. He will also meet privately Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee. His public testimony Wednesday, during which he is expected to accuse Trump of illegal acts, will be in front of the House Oversight Committee.
Gaetz is not a member of either of those panels.
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