Capitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events

Capitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse approves Democrat-backed bill ending mandatory arbitration Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing State probes of Google, Facebook to test century-old antitrust laws 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 CohenMichael Cohen denies Omarosa advising him in prison Trump sues to block NY prosecutors' subpoena for his tax returns Senior HUD official reprimanded for making political statements on the job 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.