Gillum: Trump, DeSantis have done everything they can to undermine FBI
September 17, 2020
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (Fla.) on Wednesday said his opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGOP tentatively decides on Jacksonville for site of convention DeSantis pushing to host Republican National Convention in Florida Florida bars and theaters to reopen starting Friday, DeSantis says MORE (R-Fla.), as well as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, have “done everything that they could to undermine the FBI.”
Gillum made the comment in response to a question from Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who asked the Tallahassee mayor about an ongoing FBI investigation into corruption in the city’s government. Gillum has said he is confident the investigation has nothing to do with him.
“I’ve got no doubt in saying that I don’t expect any trouble my way because I know my conscience, I know how I vote, I know what my values and principles are,” Gillum said.
“The difference between me and Ron DeSantis, obviously, when it comes to the FBI, is I’ve welcomed their investigation to get to the bottom of any corruption that might exist,” he said. “In his case, he and Donald Trump have done everything that they could to undermine the FBI.”
Trump-backed DeSantis has stood by the president as he escalates attacks against Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE and criminal investigations emanating from the Justice Department.
Gillum won Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in a stunning upset win on Tuesday, toppling Rep. Gwen GrahamGwendolyn GrahamModerate Democrats now in a race against the clock Dear Iowans: Apologies for Sen. Rick Scott’s lack of decency Jimmy Buffett takes musical shots at Trump during concert MORE (D), who was favored to win. Many have pointed to his win as evidence that progressives are playing a pivotal role in this year’s midterms.
In an April letter to the Justice Department, DeSantis asked the Justice Department to investigate multiple former Obama-era officials including former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe This week: Democrats introduce sweeping police reform package Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over MORE, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeLisa Page joins MSNBC as legal analyst McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification MORE and former FBI Agent Peter Strzok.
“Justice must be blind, not partisan,” he wrote at the time. “We must conduct a thorough investigation into the potential abuses of power for politically motivated reasons committed by Justice Department and FBI officials.”