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Florida Commission Finds Probable Cause to Investigate Andrew Gillum for Ethics Violations

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Gillum is very close to terror-tied jihad group CAIR, and has aligned himself with several prominent antisemitic organizations known for promoting boycotts of Jewish goods and individuals. Gillum’s ties to such groups set him apart from the man who beat him in last November’s gubernatorial race, Ron DeSantis, who was firmly pro-Israel in Congress and vowed to block Israel boycotts as Florida’s governor. And now we are seeing, as is so often the case on the left, that the corruption is much deeper than was initially known.

“Florida Commission Finds Probable Cause to Investigate Gillum for Ethics Violations,” by Jack Crowe, National Review, January 25, 2019 (thanks to Mark):

A Florida ethics commission announced Friday that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with an investigation into former Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s decision to accept gifts while on a trip with a local lobbyist in 2016.

Gillum’s attorney, Barry Richard, told reporters Friday that an administrative-law judge would likely hear the case in the next 30 to 45 days.

“We’re going to have a full evidentiary hearing before an independent judge. It’ll be open to the public, and everybody can decide for themselves,” Richard said following a closed-door hearing at the Florida First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. “There for sure will be no settlement.”

Erwin Jackson, the Tallahassee businessman who filed the complaint against Gillum, told reporters that the commission found probable cause to investigate five out of six possible ethics violations, according to the Tampa Bay Times….

The complaint focuses on trips Gillum took with long-time friend and lobbyist Adam Corey prior to his run for governor. In 2016, Gillum traveled to New York with Corey and two FBI agents posing as land developers to investigate Tallahassee government corruption. Text messages released by the ethics commission in October show that Gillum was aware that one of the men he believed was a land developer bought his ticket to a Broadway production of Hamilton, as well as paying for a boat tour around the Statue of Liberty.

Gillum, however, maintains that he believed his brother purchased the ticket, the cost of which he later reimbursed.

The ethics commission is also looking into an August 2016 trip Gillum took to Costa Rica with his wife, which was arranged by Corey after he won a week-long stay in a luxury villa. Gillum has long maintained that he reimbursed Corey for the cost of the villa, but invoices released along with the text messages on Tuesday indicate Corey’s accountant never billed him for the expense….

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