1. Florida Politics
  2. /
  3. The Buzz

An undercover FBI agent might testify against Andrew Gillum in ethics case

The agent was part of an undercover operation looking into Tallahassee corruption.
Photos of Gillum's trip in NYC. Andrew Gillum, Adam Corey 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.
Published Apr. 2

An undercover agent who was investigating Andrew Gillum for “alleged unethical misconduct” could testify against him in his upcoming ethics case, according to court records filed Monday.

“Mike Miller,” who posed as developer looking to do business in Tallahassee in 2016, would say that he paid for Gillum’s activities while hanging out in New York City that year, according to the ethics commission’s advocate.

Those activities likely include paying for a ticket to the Broadway musical Hamilton and a boat ride around the Statute of Liberty with former lobbyist Adam Corey.

But whether the agent will show up is uncertain, according to Gillum’s lawyer, Barry Richard. He said the FBI has not made him available to the commission’s advocate, Elizabeth Miller.

READ: Andrew Gillum rebuked by ethics panel for ‘less than credibly reasonable judgment’

“To my knowledge, she has not yet gotten agreement from the FBI to get him to testify,” Richard said. “They haven’t made him available to anybody.”

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, where Miller works, implied otherwise.

“We have information to suggest the FBI may voluntarily produce a witness,” spokesman Whitney Ray said.

Regardless, Richard said he’s hoping the FBI agent does show up. He didn’t oppose the idea in court motions.

“We’d like him to testify,” Richard said. “We think it would support Andrew’s version of what occurred.”

Miller wrote that the FBI had been actively investigating Gillum, however — a sign that the former Tallahassee mayor might not easily escape the ethics charges that dogged his campaign for governor last year.

“The FBI used various investigative techniques, including the efforts of possibly two undercover agents to reveal the full extent of Respondent’s alleged unethical misconduct,” Miller wrote.

The ethics commission ruled in January that there was probable cause to go forward with claims that Gillum accepted favors from Corey without disclosing them.

Gillum has said that he paid for trip expenses with cash and believed the Hamilton ticket came from his brother. He faces fines for each of five violations.

Miller asked an administrative law judge to keep secret the real identity of “Mike Miller” and allow him to wear a disguise if he appears in court. A second undercover agent, “Mike Sweets,” is also on Miller’s witness list but is not expected to testify during the hearing, scheduled for April 24-26.

Corey is also among the 23 people on Miller’s list, and he will testify that Gillum did not reimburse him during a trip to Costa Rica in 2016, and that FBI agents paid for the ticket and the boat ride.

Richard, however, said that Corey has been unresponsive to his requests to be deposed before the hearing, and he doubts whether Corey will show up.

Miller asked to postpone the hearing because Corey’s lawyer has had health problems, but Gillum doesn’t want to delay it.

“He’d like it to be heard,” Richard said. “He doesn’t want to drag this thing out forever when people keep speculating on stuff.”


  1. [SKIP O'ROURKE   | Times]
    It’s unclear if there will be any proposed changes to this method for measuring teachers’ impact on their students’ performance, despite complaints.
  2. Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, announces his education proposals in front of Franklin Middle Magnet School in Tampa last month. He says he wants to reduce "bureaucratic waste and administrative inefficiency" in Florida schools. But many educators say their budgets are already cut to the bone. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
    DeSantis said Wednesday he will call for expanding state oversight of septic tanks, developing better oversight of wastewater and stormwater systems and requiring the state to track agricultural...
  3. In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, a woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) TONY DEJAK  |  AP
    “We’re looking at it, we’re going to be thorough in our investigation, and we will hold accountable any companies that are intentionally targeting and misleading our youth regarding vaping products,”...
  4. From left to right: Igor Fruman, Lev Parnas, President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Miami Herald
    David Correia, who worked with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, is now in federal custody and will be arraigned Thursday before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan federal cour
  5. Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Mexico Beach last year, left wide swaths of destruction across the Florida Panhandle. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Darcy Abbott, a longtime official at the state Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Health, will coordinate several agencies’ mental health responses to disasters and emergencies.
  6. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, from left, businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday in Westerville, Ohio. JOHN MINCHILLO  |  AP
    Several statements from the candidates drew scrutiny.
  7. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) JOHN MINCHILLO  |  AP
    Impeachment dominates. Bernie Sanders looks fine. Biden defends his son. And Elizabeth Warren is finally being treated like a frontrunner.
  8. This combination of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, photos provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office shows booking photos of Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman. The associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. The men had key roles in Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Biden and his son, Hunter. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP) AP
    One takeaway: there are still unanswered questions.
  9. Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael litters the ground in Mexico Beach. A year after Hurricane Michael, Bay County, Florida, is still in crisis. Thousands are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, and domestic violence is increasing. Michael was among the strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States. GERALD HERBERT  |  AP
    Senators for the first time seriously addressed the complaints of people in the Panhandle on Tuesday.
  10. Marijuana plants grow in a greenhouse environment in this room at the Curaleaf Homestead Cultivation Facility. This environment controls the amount of natural sunlight and artificial light the plants are exposed to, as well as the temperature. EMILY MICHOT  |  Miami Herald
    An Atlanta broker is listing one license for $40 million and the other for $55 million.