Gaetz apologized Tuesday amid criticism for the tweet and took it off social media. However, on Wednesday, Florida Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker told the Pensacola News Journal that the organization had opened an investigation into Gaetz's tweet.
“The Florida Bar is aware of the comments made in a tweet yesterday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is a Florida Bar member, and I can confirm we have opened an investigation,” Walker told the newspaper. “Our rules of confidentiality do not permit me to provide any other information at this time.”
Gaetz dismissed the investigation in a text message Wednesday to the Northwest Florida Daily News.
“It seems that the Florida Bar, by its rules, is required to investigate the most frivolous of complaints,” he wrote.
The investigation was ongoing Thursday.