Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum responds to FBI investigation

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 16:03:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Now we're hearing from Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for the first time since the FBI requested records as part of a federal investigation into business deals made with the city and the community redevelopment agency.

In a written statement, the mayor says the FBI questioned him about "several people and businesses here in Tallahassee."

Thursday WTXL told you about the FBI requesting various materials from 25 individuals and entities, all under a grand jury subpoena and tied to deals involving business owners and developers in Tallahassee.

In his statement Gillum says:

“Last week the FBI approached me about several people and businesses here in Tallahassee. I spoke with them, and told them they could expect both the City and my personal cooperation with their investigation. They assured me I was not the focus of an investigation, and that they would be moving quickly with their work.

“I take any allegation of corruption in the City of Tallahassee very seriously, and I am committed to rooting it out in its entirety. If corruption has taken place in our city, those parties must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We will not tolerate, enable, or turn a blind eye to corruption.

“While no one likes the City being under the FBI’s scrutiny, in light of what is happening nationally, we must remember that the FBI is here to protect us and we must aid them in their work. They have my full support and cooperation as the Mayor, and the full cooperation of the City of Tallahassee.”