POLITICO is reporting that driving records related to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum are tied to an “active criminal investigation” and can’t be released unredacted by the state, according to an audit housed with the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles.
POLITICO requested a listing of the number of times Gillum’s record has been accessed by governments or law enforcement agencies. The listing shows Gillum’s records have been accessed 106 times, but a vast majority were redacted by the department, and no specific information could be provided.
The public records exemption cited by the department for not releasing details to POLITICO relates to records tied to an “active criminal intelligence information and active criminal investigative information.”
“In accordance with Florida law, active criminal intelligence information and active investigative information are exempt from public record,” Frady said when asked for additional information.
Veteran POLITICO reporter Marc Caputo tweeted the following:
There’s an active federal criminal investigation into Tallahassee City Hall. Mayor Andrew Gillum —Dem frontrunner for gov— said he’s not a target.
Yet his driving records are being exempted from public record because of an “active criminal investigation.”
Mayor Gillum has wrestled with questions during his gubernatorial campaign about the FBI investigation into the Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency which involves Adam Corey, a close associate of Gillum’s.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Republican nominee Ron DeSantis said earlier this week that, “There’s huge problems when you govern that way, when you‘re on junkets with undercover FBI agents, when you’re the subject of a major investigation involving pay to play and involving corruption.”
Barry Richard, an attorney for Gillum, told POLITICO that “the Mayor is not under investigation. Government agencies frequently cite this statute when any information is redacted.” .