Ousted FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey on Tuesday confirmed a report that he met with the U.S. attorney’s office in Tallahassee this month.
Bailey said he met with prosecutors at their request for more than an hour on March 5. He declined further comment.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Patricia Marsh has declined to confirm that the agency is investigating the circumstances of Bailey’s removal from office or his subsequent allegations of repeated political interference in FDLE’s operations by Gov. Rick Scott’s office and his campaign.
A spokeswoman for Marsh, Amy Alexander, confirmed that Marsh received a letter from Integrity Florida, a self-appointed watchdog group, asking federal prosecutors to open a review of Bailey’s case.
Bailey’s dismissal is the subject of a lawsuit by more than two dozen news organizations accusing Scott and Florida’s three elected Cabinet members of violating the Sunshine Law by forcing Bailey to retire with no public discussion or vote.
The attorney for the media outlets, Andrea Flynn Mogensen of Sarasota, says she plans to take Bailey’s videotaped deposition on April 22 in Tallahassee.
--STEVE BOUSQUET, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau