Florida Bar investigating Congressman Matt Gaetz after tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

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.

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

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

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.

We reached out to Congressman Gaetz about the investigation.

“It seems that the Florida Bar, by its rules, is required to investigate even the most frivolous of complaints,” Congressman Gaetz said.