Newly Released Ethics Documents Darken Cloud of FBI Probe Over Gillum Campaign

by Garry Watts October 27, 2018, 13:28
Newly Released Ethics Documents Darken Cloud of FBI Probe Over Gillum Campaign

On score, Democrats believe they scored a solid win, arguing Gillum remained calm and collected in contrast with DeSantis. DeSantis continued to press.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Ron DeSantis got support Thursday from Vice President Mike Pence, who told a Jacksonville rally that the former congressman "has been one of the strongest advocates for the Trump administration and President (Donald) Trump".

"How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement someone makes?"

Some of that negative attention has included allegations of corruption against Gillum, who has been accused of inappropriately accepting free tickets to see a Broadway play in New York City in 2016. He has denied the remark was a reference to Gillum's race. "If you are a domestic violence abuser, convicted, you should not have a gun where you could snuff out the lives of your loved ones", Gillum said.

The lobbyist, Adam Corey, is a friend of Gillum's since college and a central figure in an ongoing FBI investigation into suspected corruption at Tallahassee's community redevelopment agency.

"Well, hello there. I is the negro Andrew Gillum and I be aksin you to make me governor of this here state of Florida".

Text messages between Gillum and former lobbyist Adam Corey, who arranged outings with undercover agents looking into city government corruption, were among more than 100 pages of records Corey gave the ethics commission, which is investigating trips to Costa Rica and NY that Gillum took in 2016... "I arrived at the theater and received my ticket from my brother", Gillum said. DeSantis' campaign said it had "absolutely nothing to do with [the robocall] and joins those in condemning it".

Gillum's Republican opponent Ron DeSantis commented on the news while speaking in Miami. Rhodes also was behind another racist robocall targeting Gillum in August, as well as similar calls in Spokane, California, Iowa and Virginia. When I got to the theatre, my brother handed me the ticket'.

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The Tallahassee mayor took responsibility for "not having asked more questions" about the exchange, but then tried to downplay the issue in the context of the race: "I'm running for governor and the state of Florida, we got a lot of issues", he said. "We did go to see Hamilton".

Gillum, meanwhile, suggested that extremist groups are "taking their cues" from DeSantis. The campaign subsequently released receipts from the NY trip, but said that no receipt for "Hamilton" was included because the mayor had thought the ticket originated with his brother.

"He wants you to believe that he's not under investigation", he said.

Yet, new texts show that Gillum knew the tickets came from undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, "Mike Miller". He said he supported Trump's transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and called attending May's opening ceremony "awesome". And he evoked his alma mater while talking about his beef with DeSantis calling him Andrew. First of all, I'm a grown man. "He lied the other day. But now we know that".

Corey's lawyer released the records today after receiving a subpoena from the state ethics commission last week.

"Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.", Corey wrote.

In an appearance Tuesday evening on MSNBC, Gillum seized on DeSantis' previous warning to voters not to "monkey this up" by electing him - a phrase that, Gillum maintained, is "not commonly used, as far as I know".

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