The Florida Bar has dismissed a complaint filed in October against Congressman Matt Gaetz.
The Bar had opened an investigation as hundreds were calling into question his actions of Oct. 14 and Oct. 23.
On those two days, Gaetz and other Republican members of the U.S. House had attempted to enter secure rooms where depositions were being conducted during impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
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Bar members were well aware of the nationally publicized events involving Gaetz and between Oct. 24 and Feb. 14 received 328 phone calls regarding his behavior, said Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker.
Based on the media coverage and phone calls, the decision was made Oct. 25 to open an investigation.
Documents obtained by the Northwest Florida Daily News show the Bar contacted Gaetz to request a detailed explanation of his actions of Oct. 14 and 23.
Attorneys representing Gaetz declined to provide answers to questions posed.
They argued in a letter the Bar was "plainly" seeking information related "to the activities of Mr. Gaetz as a member of the 116th Congress ... concerning his exercise of political speech."
Ultimately the Bar committee charged with investigating Gaetz concluded it could find no probable cause to take action. It dismissed its case Feb. 20.
"His conduct was not found to violate the rules of the Florida Bar," Walker said.
Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach resident, shrugged off the effort to have him sanctioned.
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"It goes with the territory and isn’t something I worry about," he said Wednesday evening. "I’ve told the Florida Bar the same thing I told The View. My only bosses are the people of Northwest Florida."
Gaetz appeared on the television show, The View, Feb. 21.
The dismissal of the bar complaint did not, however, stop Steve Simeonidis, a leader of the Democratic Party in Miami-Dade County, from taking to Twitter Monday to claim Gaetz remained under scrutiny.
"@TheFlaBar has confirmed that they are investigating @mattgaetz as a result of the complaint I filed on behalf of the @MiamiDadeDems," tweeted Simeonidis, one of the last to lodge a formal complaint against Gaetz before the case was dismissed.
Simeonidis held out a form letter as evidence his complaint had gained traction. It was one he, along with everyone else who filed a complaint against Gaetz, had received to inform them that the Bar was aware of the allegations and had opened a file.
The letter Simeonidis received was dated Feb. 17, three days before the Gaetz investigation was officially closed.