Matt Gaetz completely surrenders and issues a mortifying apology to Michael Cohen after threatening tweet

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After trying to put up a tough front, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) completely surrendered and apologized Wednesday night for his threatening tweet at Michael Cohen.

That tweet came Tuesday night when Gaetz baselessly alleged that Cohen cheated on his wife, writing:

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...

But legal experts quickly pointed out that, in light of Cohen's scheduled congressional testimony for Wednesday, that Gaetz's tweet appeared to be a clear case of witness intimidation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, too, issued a statement that seemed directed at Gaetz's apparent threat, suggesting it could be penalized by Congress or even potentially reviewed by prosecutors.

So Gaetz took down the tweet.

And then while most of his party was spitting fire at Cohen on Wednesday in retribution for his testimony that was deeply damaging to the president, Gaetz — typically a fierce defender of the president — had to apologize.

"I’ve personally apologized to @MichaelCohen212 4 referencing his private family in the public square," Gaetz tweeted. "Regardless of disagreements, family members should be off-limits from attacks from representatives, senators & presidents, including myself. Let’s leave the Cohen family alone."

This apology even seemed to rebuke the president, who threatened Cohen and his family as well ahead of the testimony.

Perhaps Gaetz realized the apology was necessary after The Daily Beast reported that the Florida bar association was investigating the matter.

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