Charlie Crist calls controversial Matt Gaetz tweet ‘extremely inappropriate’


Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz is the topic of a Florida Bar investigation over a controversial tweet about Michael Cohen that some labeled “witness intimidation.”

Now, he’s earned rebuke from fellow lawyer and Florida congressional colleague Charlie Crist.

In a now-deleted tweet, Gaetz requested Cohen forward of Wednesday’s testimony to Congress: “Do your spouse & father-in-law find out about your girlfriends? Possibly tonight could be a great time for that chat. I ponder if she’ll stay devoted while you’re in jail. She’s about to be taught lots…”

“I can’t imagine he mentioned what he mentioned within the tweet. I believed it was extremely inappropriate,” Crist, a Democrat, mentioned of Gaetz. “That’s fairly intimidating sort of stuff. Onerous to take a look at it every other means.”

Crist’s criticism got here throughout a wide-ranging dialogue with Florida Politics at his Washington workplace. He additionally weighed in on Wednesday’s excessive profile testimony from Cohen to the Home Oversight Committee.

“I didn’t get to see a lot,” the previous Florida Governor mentioned. “However what I did see, it regarded fairly compelling.”

Requested how he would weigh the truthfulness of testimony from a witness like Cohen, who was already charged with mendacity to Congress beforehand, Crist mentioned he depends on his instincts.

“I feel it’s simply by a learn and a intestine really feel. That’s why it’s vital, as a lawyer, that you’ve depositions which can be in particular person. You possibly can learn the demeanor of the person who you’re speaking to and get a way of their veracity or lack thereof.”

Crist’s chief of workers, Austin Durrer, additionally weighed in, difficult Republicans who dismissed Cohen because of his previous issues with the reality.

Durrer requested: “If the bar that Republicans are attempting to set, which is which you can’t imagine the man as a result of he’s lied prior to now, how would we’ve got taken out any mobster below the RICO act if we weren’t talked to folks that had been within the group and finished grime?”

Recent off a meeting on the state’s water issues Wednesday morning, Crist additionally mentioned what he noticed as culprits for current algae outbreaks.

“One factor I heard [Wednesday] morning was the septic tank subject,” Crist mentioned. “That might be a significant contributor and the extra we are able to get away from that, I feel that’s going to assist.”

A septic tank’s incapacity to deal with waste earlier than it enters Florida’s waterways can result in the unfold of components that enable algae to thrive.

In testimony to a Senate panel in July, Dr. Brian Lapointe, a analysis professor at Florida Atlantic College, referred to as the air pollution from septic tanks “a very powerful and pressing subject dealing with our state.”

In the end, Crist pointed to a “compound of issues” resulting in the algae downside, additionally naming local weather change as an element.

However he stopped in need of weighing in on the controversy surrounding the Military Corps of Engineer’s efforts to revise the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule.

“I feel we want extra examine on that,” Crist mentioned. “I feel the 1st step is ensuring the dike is sound and may include the water that must be there and let consultants inform us what the proper ranges are.”

Crist additionally commented on the current disaster in Venezuela, providing reward for President Donald Trump‘s actions on the problem to this point.

“He’s finished the proper factor,” Crist mentioned.

The Consultant from Florida’s 13th Congressional District referred to as it “extremely disappointing” that relief supplies are being blocked by Nicolas Maduro. He additionally introduced up the violence of recent weeks.

It’s additionally worrying to listen to reviews of journalists being detained by Maduro, Crist added.

“You see these sort of freedoms being taken away, not solely from the Venezuelan individuals but in addition from U.S. residents which can be reporting on it, that’s an issue.”

Requested what his most vital subject going ahead could be, Crist cited a concentrate on a number of areas, resembling nationwide protection, schooling and the surroundings.

“However I feel the primary subject for me is civility right here and ensuring that we’re treating one another with mutual respect,” Crist mentioned. “That’s actual vital. As a result of earlier than you may tackle good protection, good schooling, good international coverage in a civilized means, it’s important to be civil.”