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Haridopolos, under oath, says he didn't tell 'whole story' of signing confidential Jim Greer settlement



Senate President Mike Haridopolos, in sworn testimony in the Jim Greer case, now admits not telling the truth last year when he denied that he and other party leaders signed a confidential agreement to force Greer's ouster.

"I believe what I told him was not the whole story, yeah," Haridopolos says in reference to the videotaped interview (above) with Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo in 2010.

In the deposition conducted last week in Tallahassee, Greer's attorney, Damon Chase, asked Haridopolos why he denied any knowledge of the agreement and denied signing it -- which he had. The senator's explanation: "I said the contrary, because I thought I wasn't allowed to talk about it."

"Was it the truth that you did not sign the agreement?" Chase asked Haridopolos during the approximate 90-minute deposition.

"Well, I signed the agreement in January," Haridopolos replied.

Also in the deposition, Haridopolos calls Greer "incredibly unpopular and arrogant," so Chase asked the senator why he agreed to a glowing public statement about Greer on Jan. 5, 2010, when he resigned as chairman. Said Haridopolos: "It was a political statement."

Haridopolos is one of numerous GOP notables being placed under oath in the case, in which Greer faces fraud and money laundering charges. The Senate president co-signed a secret severance agreement to pay Greer $124,000 to step down, and testified that he was unaware at that time that Greer had set up a secret consulting company that was receiving party funds. Greer has since named Haridopolos as a defendant in his civil suit against Florida GOP leaders. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:50pm]


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