FDLE Clears Rick Scott Team for Transition Records Loss

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

June 21, 2012 -

Following months of investigation culminating in 33,000 pages of documents, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Wednesday cleared Gov. Rick Scott and members of his transition team for emails that went missing shortly after Scott took office. State law enforcement officials found nothing criminal in the loss of at least 4.5 gigabytes of data from the email server used during Scott's transition into office. "During this inquiry, no evidence was found which would indicate that Governor Scott or any (transition team) member instructed Harris Media, Rackspace or any other person or entity to delete or otherwise destroy transition emails," the FDLE report concludes, referring to email vendors. "Additionally, no evidence was discovered which would indicate that Governor Scott or any member of the (transition team) was aware that email data would be permanently deleted…." The governor came under fire for the missing emails, which were created during his first few months following his November 2010 election but before he was officially sworn in as governor. "By casting the widest possible net and using cutting-edge technology, the transition team, in cooperation with FDLE investigators, ultimately produced the most comprehensive collection of gubernatorial transition documents in Florida history," Scott's office said in a statement issued Wednesday. The documents in question were posted to the Governor's Sunburst website and are available for public viewing.

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