Records show FBI agents gave Andrew Gillum tickets to ‘Hamilton’ in 2016

Tampa Bay Times | 8/10/2016 | Lawrence Mower
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Undercover FBI agents were the ones who gave Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum a ticket to the Broadway show Hamilton during a trip to New York City in 2016, according to a trove of records given to the ethics commission and released to the public today. Text messages between Gillum and former lobbyist Adam Corey, who arranged outings with undercover agents looking into city corruption, were among more than 100 pages of records Corey gave the ethics commission, which is investigating trips to Costa Rica and New York that Gillum took in 2016. Corey's lawyer, Chris Kise, released the records today, just two weeks before the election, because the state ethics commission issued a subpoena for the records just last week. The text messages show that, contrary to what his campaign has said, Gillum knew the tickets came from "Mike Miller," who was an FBI agent posing as a developer looking into city corruption. "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 texts appear to refute what Gillum's campaign said just days after his unlikely win in the Democratic primary for Florida governor. The campaign said in a Sept. 4 press release that Gillum's brother, Marcus, gave him the ticket. "After the trip, Mayor Gillum learned Marcus Gillum had obtained that ticket in a swap with Adam Corey for a concert ticket," the campaign said. Gillum's campaign repeated today that the ticket came from his brother. "These records vindicate and add more evidence that at every turn I was paying my own way or was with my family, for all trips, including picking up tickets from my brother, Marcus, who was with a group of his...
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