When I was first approached by counsel for the candidate asking for an investigation into the election process, I referred them to the Florida Division of Elections which would be the appropriate agency to look into the matter. It was the Division of Elections that contacted FDLE.
Later I was given a briefing by FDLE of their initial findings and at that time it appeared to me that they needed an advisory prosecutor available to them while conducting their investigation. I also believed that with the investigation involving elected officials with whom I have a working relationship, it would be best that I step aside to allow an independent prosecutor be appointed. While I felt that my staff was capable of working with the investigation, I wished to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
I contacted the Governor’s office and asked that a special prosecutor be appointed. For this reason the case is being handled by the State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit.