Capitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events

Capitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Biden VP possible next week; Meadows says relief talks 'miles apart' MORE (R-Fla.) said Monday that the Capitol Police have advised him against holding open events after a woman threw a drink at him in June, according to Politico.

Gaetz, one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE’s most vocal defenders in the House, told Politico that in addition to the drink incident, Capitol Police were aware of “very specific death threats against me and my family," according to the publication.


Amanda Kondrat’yev of Pensacola pleaded guilty to assaulting a U.S. congressman in August in connection with the drink incident, and is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

In comments on a Pensacola-area radio station, Gaetz said he needed to be "better” with his own use of social media as well. The remarks came shortly after the Florida Bar determined there was no probable cause in a complaint filed for a tweet he sent in advance of former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: White House, Dems debate coronavirus relief package Michael Cohen offered job as political consultant, lawyer says On The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' MORE’s congressional testimony, which had prompted critics to accuse Gaetz of witness intimidation.

The bar’s grievance committee did, however, say Gaetz’s tweet was “unprofessional, reckless, insensitive and demonstrated poor judgment," according to Politico.

“I need to be better on social media, I think we all need to be better on social media," Gaetz acknowledged, according to Politico.

Despite saying that numerous users, including himself, demonstrated an overabundance of “keyboard courage” in their use of social media, Gaetz said his criticism was not directed at Trump’s tweets.

“The president is often defending himself,” Gaetz told Politico. “I see no problem with his social media, but for the occasional typo.”

— Updated Aug. 20 at 8:10 a.m.