The Florida Bar has opted to pass on investigating a complaint filed against U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz Thursday by the Democratic Party of Miami-Dade County.
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A Bar spokesperson confirmed Friday that the association already has a similar complaint against Gaetz in hand, and therefore won‘t act on the new one.
“I can confirm that The Florida Bar is investigating a complaint against Mr. Gaetz for actions during the House impeachment investigations. That case is currently being investigated at the staff level; no other information is available at this time and there are no public records,” an email from the Bar said.
“When additional complaints are received regarding matters already being investigated by The Florida Bar, the complainant receives this reply: Thank you for your submission. The Florida Bar is aware of the issue you reported and is taking appropriate measures. A file has been opened,” the email response said.
In the most recently filed complaint Steve Simeonidis alleged that on Oct. 14, 2019, Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach resident, improperly intruded upon a closed-door deposition being conducted by the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the committees on Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform.
Simeonidis further alleged that nine days later Gaetz again improperly intruded on a closed-door deposition “related to the ongoing impeachment inquiry against the now impeached president of the United States.
The complaint states that by barging into the closed hearings, Gaetz disrupted the legal process, violated his obligations to the Florida Bar Association and broke two bar rules.
“Both intrusions are improper, unprofessional and unethical, and were meant only to feed Gaetz‘s unjustifiably large ego and penchant for grandstanding,” the complaint states.
The Bar spokesperson said the investigation of the existing complaint against Gaetz might be closed as soon as this month. It could be made public at that time.