A failed Florida gubernatorial candidate and current CNN contributor was subpoenaed – along with his campaign – by a federal grand jury, according to a Thursday report in The Tampa Bay Times.
“Issued in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee, the subpoena demands ‘documents, electronically stored information, or objects’ dating back to January 2015 about [Andrew] Gillum, his 2018 gubernatorial campaign and his political committee, Forward Florida,” according to the report.
Gillum was the mayor of Tallahassee, and an FBI investigation into Tallahassee city hall resulted in three arrests. He paid $5000 to settle an ethics violation for accepting improper gifts from a lobbyist. Previously, Gillum bragged that out of 23 subpoenas issued in that case, none were related to him. Now, he is the direct object of scrutiny by a federal grand jury.
Gillum still denies any wrongdoing.
He told The Tampa Bay Times:
“We stand ready to assist any future review of our work, because I am confident we always did the right thing and complied fully with the law. We ran an open and honest campaign. A campaign powered by thousands of volunteers and supporters. A campaign that captured imaginations and earned over four million votes. When you run a campaign that puts the power in the hands of the people, and fights for change, it inevitably invites close scrutiny, regardless of the facts.”
The subpoena also demands information from John H. Jackson, the president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, a non-profit on whose board Gillum sat. It also demands information from Opportunity to Learn Action Fund, a non-profit formerly led by Gillum, and from Donald Sussman a wealthy investor who donated $1.5 million to Gillum’s campaign. Sharon Lettman-Hicks, a friend of Gillum’s and the head of the National Black Justice Commission, a non-profit, who worked with him at the Schott Foundation, was also listed in the subpoena.
“Gillum’s relationship with Lettman-Hicks was a point of controversy during last year’s governor race,” the report said. “Gillum reported income in 2017 of $71,000 from Lettman-Hicks’ firm on a state financial disclosure report. Meanwhile, his campaign rented space from her Tallahassee public relations firm, P&P Communications, at a cost of nearly $45,000.”
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WATCH: Tucker SLAMS Lindsey Graham For EB5 Visa Giveaway Scheme Amidst Coronavirus Epidemic
Graham wants to use the crisis to boost immigration visas.
Tucker Carlson took South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to task in a segment on his show Thursday night, blasting the opportunistic Senator for seeking to insert an immigration visa giveaway into upcoming Coronavirus stimulus legislation.
Graham is attempting to enact a raise in the annual level of EB-5 visas. The controversial program allows wealthy foreigners to enter the United States on the basis of supposed investment they make into the economy.
Graham is lobbying President Trump to agree to a massive boost to the program-raising annual EB-5 visa levels from a current total of 10,000 to 75,000. Graham also seeks to lower the threshold of investment for an EB-5 from $900,000 to $450,000.
In a display of tone-deaf politics taken to a new level, the EB-5 program Graham seeks to expand is currently commonly used by wealthy Chinese citizens to purchase American residency and citizenship. Allowing a free path to residency for China’s richest multi-millionaires and billionaires almost certainly would provide the Chinese government a means of entryism into major American institutions and society, in an age where the American public is more distrustful and skeptical of Chinese influence than ever before.
Watch the segment here:
Graham has also gone on record advocating for a bailout of big businesses and private companies, while opposing direct basic income transfers to everyday working American families.
American citizenship is not a mere bauble to be offered for sale in a time of crisis, especially considering the EB-5’s dubious benefits on the American economy. The verification mechanisms for the visa recipients’ investments in American jobs are notoriously weak, to the extent that both major parties agreed to scale back the program last year.
America is a country, not merely an economy. It’s well past time Senator Graham gives up his constant attempt to retcon old globalist policies into President Donald Trump’s administration, especially in times of national emergency.
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