Dem candidate says he talked to FBI, is ‘not the focus of an investigation’

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue gathering in Hollywood last week. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Tallahassee Mayor and 2018 Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum said he spoke to the FBI last week about  corruption allegations in his city and was assured he is “not the focus of an investigation.”

The Associated Press reported that the FBI is looking into deals involving the local Community Redevelopment Agency and local businesses and developers. A federal grand jury issued subpoenas seeking five years of records from the city and the CRA involving specific people and projects, the AP said. Gillum is a CRA board member.

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“The list of individuals, corporations and entities in both subpoenas include donors to Gillum and a political committee backing his run for governor,” the AP reported.

Gillum today pledged cooperation with the investigation.

His statement, released by the city:

“Last week the FBI approached me about several people and businesses here in Tallahassee. I spoke with them, and told them they could expect both the City and my personal cooperation with their investigation. They assured me I was not the focus of an investigation, and that they would be moving quickly with their work. 

“I take any allegation of corruption in the City of Tallahassee very seriously, and I am committed to rooting it out in its entirety. If corruption has taken place in our city, those parties must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We will not tolerate, enable, or turn a blind eye to corruption.

“While no one likes the City being under the FBI’s scrutiny, in light of what is happening nationally, we must remember that the FBI is here to protect us and we must aid them in their work. They have my full support and cooperation as the Mayor, and the full cooperation of the City of Tallahassee.” 

Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Winter Park businessman Chris King have launched Democratic campaigns for governor. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and trial lawyer John Morgan are other potential Democratic candidates.

 

 

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