NBC’s Marc Caputo is reporting that Andrew Gillum surrendered at 10 am today to federal authorities and a Gillum indictment is expected to be unsealed at 1 pm.
Caputo reports that the exact charges are unclear and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida would neither confirm nor deny details about the criminal case against Gillum.
In a written statement to NBC News, Gillum acknowledged the case but said it is politically motivated without offering specifics.
“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,” Gillum said. “Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political. Throughout my career I have always stood up for the people of Florida and have spoken truth to power. There’s been a target on my back ever since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now.”
Caputo reported that two sources with whom Gillum spoke Tuesday told NBC News that he began phoning friends frantically about the criminal case. Neither would speak on the record because they weren’t authorized to speak on his behalf. They said he is scheduled to meet with prosecutors at 10 a.m. and that his indictment could be unsealed at 1 p.m. ET.
That source said Gillum was called Tuesday morning and informed he was going to be criminally charged for campaign finance-related charges.
Gillum had been under federal investigation for years, starting with his time as Tallahassee mayor when he accepted freebies from lobbyists and special interests — including a free New York Harbor boat rides and tickets in New York to the musical “Hamilton,” which were supplied by an undercover FBI agent posing as corrupt developer. Gillum was not criminally charged in that scheme, but he agreed to pay a $5,000 state ethics fine for improperly accepting gifts.