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FDLE Investigates Missing Emails

August 23rd, 2011 by flanews

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is searching for emails deleted during Rick Scotts transition from politician to governor. State law requires the emails to be stored and made available to the public upon request. Scott asked FDLE to find out what happened and if the missing emails can be retrieved, but as Whitney Ray tells, some say the legislature, not FDLE should head up the investigation.

Governor Rick Scott wasnt in office a full month before he began butting heads with journalists over public records. From the moment Scott took office he was flooded with requests for interviews, salary information of new staff and emails from elected officials.

Now, eight months after requests were made for emails sent and received during Scotts transition to office, the public is learning what they records werent immediately available.

The company responsible for the transition teams emails deleted the accounts in mid-January. Most of the emails were recovered, but no one knows how many are still missing.

Scott asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to find out. But since the governor and state cabinet are responsible for appointing the departments director, Florida Democrats are asking the legislature to take over the investigation.

Whats not fair is to take FDLE and put them in the spot of asking them to investigate their boss. That doesnt look like an investigation, that looks like a clearance, and you dont want that, said Rod Smith, the Chairman of the state Democratic Party.

First Amendment advocates say the missing records raise a lot of concerns, and fear the more information that is kept from the public, the more endangered our constitutional freedoms become. We asked for oncamera interviews with FDLE and the Attorney Generals office about the investigation, both declined.

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