"Hey [Michael Cohen] - Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat," he tweeted.
"I wonder if she'll remain faithful when you're in prison," he added. "She's about to learn a lot..."
The delete was later tweeted after an avalanche of criticism, including a warning from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) posted to her social media account.
"...the Committee on Ethics should vigilantly monitor these types of statements, which may not be protected by the speech or debate clause," she tweeted.
"Speaker, I want to get the truth too," Gaetz tweeted. "While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did."
Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Mic… https://t.co/2oU71WvJg0— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz) 1551243147.0
"I'm deleting the tweet & should have chosen words that better showed my intent," he added. "I'm sorry."
Despite that apology to Speaker Pelosi, a spokeswoman for the Florida Bar said they have opened an investigation into the tweet, presumably to see if he violated their rules of professional conduct.
"If rules have been violated, The Florida Bar will vigorously pursue appropriate discipline by the Florida Supreme Court," said Francine Walker in a statement to the Daily Beast. "The Florida Bar takes its responsibility of regulating lawyer conduct very seriously."
Here's a local news video about the probe:
Florida Bar To Investigate Congressman Over Michael Cohen Tweetwww.youtube.com