CNN Segment Downplays Gillum/FBI Story: It’s Just One ‘Hamilton’ Ticket

Washington Free Beacon | 10/24/2018 | Andrew Kugle
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BY: Andrew Kugle

A CNN segment on Wednesday downplayed the revelation Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Florida, accepted a "Hamilton" ticket as a favor from someone who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

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Last month, the Gillum campaign said he received a ticket to the Broadway show "Hamilton" in 2016 from his brother. New documents show Gillum knew the ticket was from someone he thought was a businessman but who was in fact an undercover FBI. The records raise questions about the Gillum campaign's previous statement. The FBI has for months conducted an ongoing corruption probe into Gillum's administration as the mayor of Tallahassee.

In response to yesterday's revelation of the text messages that show the undercover FBI agent paid for the "Hamilton" ticket, CNN's "New Day" anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota and their guests downplayed the news, saying the controversy was all over one "Hamilton" ticket.

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CNN political commentator Anna Navarro said her home state of Florida has a "high tolerance" for this type of behavior from their politicians.

"You know, I was thinking about it last night, and I talked to myself, okay, so we elected Rick Scott governor, and he was the CEO of a company that was involved in Medicare fraud that resulted in $1.7 billion in fraud. We elected Marco Rubio, senator, and his lifelong best friend at that moment was involved in an investigation, and Marco was accused of a sweetheart mortgage deal that he had gotten from a donor. So I think in Florida we have a high tolerance for this kind of stuff," Navarro said.

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She added that Gillum's situation pales in comparison and called it a "fairly small thing."

"And, you know, the ‘Hamilton' tickets kind of pale in comparison. I think his explanations for a little convoluted. Even though, if you...
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