Lawyers for Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Florida, are demanding a courtroom listening to to research Donald Trump’s declare that he intervened within the poll depend that year to help Republican Ron DeSantis.
The ex-president wrote Thursday on his Truth Social platform that he despatched within the FBI and Justice Department to cease the vote tabulation in Broward County earlier than DeSantis may lose the race.
“I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win,” Trump mentioned, claiming he “fixed” the DeSantis marketing campaign.
“I stopped his election from being stolen.”
Gillum’s attorneys pounced on the data.
“Former President Trump’s posts raise serious questions about how exactly Trump ‘fixed’ DeSantis’ campaign and what Trump directed the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to do, and whether there is any connection to the FBI’s investigation and later prosecution of Gillum,” his legal professionals wrote in a courtroom motion Friday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
Gillum, a former mayor of Tallahassee, received hit with federal public corruption prices final year over donations to his gubernatorial marketing campaign. His attorneys argue that Trump’s claims of supposed intervention within the poll depend recommend a retaliatory scheme towards the one-time DeSantis rival.
So far, there’s no evidence that Trump was telling the reality.
Election officers in Broward County blasted the previous president’s statements as flatly unfaithful.
“The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office has no documentation of any federal law enforcement presence during the 2018 elections,” Ivan Castro, a spokesperson for the county supervisor of elections, said in a statement this week. “Also, to clarify, there is no evidence of corruption during the 2018 election cycle in Broward County.”
Trump has criticized DeSantis in current days, with the 2 males broadly seen as potential rivals within the subsequent Republican presidential major. Trump got here up with the mocking nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious” for his doable competitor, and Roger Stone, a Trump ally, has tried to characterize DeSantis as ungrateful for Trump’s help throughout his 2018 election bid.
Neither Trump nor DeSantis has commented on the previous president’s put up.