FDLE finds no wrongdoing by Scott administration in handling of transition e-mails

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A Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigation requested by Governor Rick Scott to recover lost Scott Transition Team documents is over, clearing Governor Scott and his transition team.  FDLE found nothing criminal related to the loss of data from a transition email server.

In all, more than 4.5 gigabytes of electronic data representing more than 33,000 pages of transition emails and documents were recovered and turned over to FDLE.  In addition to securing the email messages of senior staff, the Governor also directed the transition team and FDLE to use electronic forensic search methods to recover lost emails and further required every member of the transition team, including volunteers, to turn over all documents related to transition business.

Every transition document produced as part of the investigation will be posted on the Governor’s groundbreaking “Sunburst” online public records access system beginning later today, and an electronic copy of the entire collection has already been provided to Florida’s First Amendment Foundation for easier dissemination to members of the media.  The files can be accessed at www.flgov.com/sunburst.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.