Disgraced and fiercely partisan FBI agents such as Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are neither exceptional not aberrant. They are but two in an army of leftwing destroyers who have co-opted our finest agencies. These deeply corrupt agents were probably banking on the fact that if any of this cozying up to the hard-left Andrew Gillum came to light, the establishment media, which is just as far-left as the corrupt FBI, would cover for them. And it’s true. This story will almost certainly sink and be forgotten. The enemedia would only take serious notice if the candidate receiving the tickets had been a conservative Republican.
“Records show FBI agents gave Andrew Gillum tickets to ‘Hamilton’ in 2016,” by Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times, October 23, 2018 (thanks to Mark):
Undercover FBI agents paid for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s hotel room and his ticket to the Broadway musical Hamilton during a 2016 trip to New York City, according to a bombshell trove of records that raises new questions two weeks before the Nov. 6 election for Florida governor.
Among the records released Tuesday: photos, a video and dozens of text messages between Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, former lobbyist Adam Corey and an undercover FBI agent. They appear to contradict Gillum’s explanation for the expenses, which have been made an major issue by his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis.
Gillum’s campaign has maintained — and continued to do so Tuesday after the records were released — that Gillum’s brother, Marcus, handed him the ticket the night of the show.
But text messages at the time of the trip show Gillum was told the tickets came from “Mike Miller,” an FBI agent looking into city corruption who was posing as a developer.
“Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.,” Corey texted Gillum on Aug. 10, 2016.
“Awesome news about Hamilton,” Gillum replied, according to the records.
The campaign has not said how Marcus Gillum, who lives in Chicago, came by such a sought-after Broadway ticket, or whether Andrew Gillum asked his brother about it.
“These messages only confirm what we have said all along,” Andrew Gillum said on Facebook Live. “We did go to see Hamilton. I did get my ticket to Hamilton from my brother. At the time, we believed that they were reserved by friends of Adam’s, Mike Miller.
“And when I got there after work, got my ticket, we went in there and saw it, assumed my brother paid for it, and so far as I know, that was the deal.”
DeSantis’ campaign pounced with a statement: “It’s now abundantly clear that Andrew Gillum has repeatedly lied about taking free gifts and trips from lobbyists. If he’ll lie about these gifts and trips from lobbyists on national television, what else is he lying about?”
The new records came from Chris Kise, an attorney representing Corey. Kise said he gave the records to the Florida Commission on Ethics, which is investigating a complaint about Gillum’s trips to New York City and Costa Rica with Corey. He then gave copies to the campaigns of Gillum and DeSantis.
Once a close friend of Gillum’s, Corey is at the center of the FBI’s long-running probe into corruption in Tallahassee. No one has been charged, and Gillum has said that agents assured him he was neither a target nor a focus of the probe.
Gillum has repeatedly given vague answers to questions about who paid for the New York City trip. His avoidance of a direct answer became pronounced during a Sunday debate on CNN between DeSantis and Gillum.
“Did you pay for the Hamilton tickets?” DeSantis asked.
“First of all, I am a grown man,” Gillum replied. “My wife and I take vacations and we pay for our own vacations … I don’t take free trips from anybody. I’m a hard-working person, I know that may not fit your description of what you think people like me do, but I’ve worked hard for everything that I’ve gotten in my life.”
The new records go beyond Broadway tickets.
They show that undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen were working for months to get an out-of-state meeting with Gillum, and that Gillum appeared willing to oblige them.
In June 2016, Corey texted Miller, the undercover agent, telling him that he would discuss options with Gillum.
“I just want to make it a good trip and Sweets and B will be booked on something else if we don’t lock something down,” Miller replied.
“Mike Sweets” and “Brian Butler” were the two other undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen.
Corey then followed up proposing to meet in Las Vegas.
“AG thinks Vegas in August is an easier option for him,” Corey texted Miller, referring to Gillum. “He is double checking availability with his office now. Stand by.”
Instead of Las Vegas, they met in New York, while Gillum was attending a conference on behalf of the People for the American Way Foundation, a liberal advocacy group that employed him.
Text messages show Miller paid for the airfare and hotel room for Gillum’s brother, Marcus.
“Send me the mayor and his brother’s information and I will have my girl book their flights,” Miller wrote.
Corey replied that Gillum had already booked his flight, but he would send his brother’s information “ASAP.”
“Just tell them to let me know what their flights cost and I will cover it,” Miller said….
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