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James Jett's Chronology of Events March 5, 2012

James Jett's Chronology of Events March 5, 2012

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Clay Clerk of Court James Jett said he provided the FBI with this chronology of events. Jett accused U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns of trying to buy him out of a congressional race for the new Florida District 3.
Clay Clerk of Court James Jett said he provided the FBI with this chronology of events. Jett accused U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns of trying to buy him out of a congressional race for the new Florida District 3.

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ChronologvofEvents...February17,2012...
1
receivedareturntelephonecallfromJimHorneregarding
my
electionasacandidateforCongressinthe3
rd
District.Duringtheconversation,hestatedonseveraloccasionsthathewasnottryingtotalkmeintogettingoutofthecampaign,butjustwantedtogivemethewholepicture.Itwasgoingtobeverydifficulttoraiseanymoneyas"CliffStearns"wasgoingtobeendorsed
by
everyoneincludingJohnThrasher,Lt.GovernorCarrollandLenCUtTY,ChairmanoftheRepublicanPartvofFlorida.Thenhestatedthattherepublicanleader-shipwantedmetogetoutoftheracesoCliffwould
C31TY
ClayCountyandhavetorunonlvthecandidatesinAlachuaCounty,VvhenIrespondedthatIwasn'tgettingouthesaid,{{HouseSpeakefJohnBoehneriscomingtoClavCOUiltVforafundraiserandwantstomeetprivatelywithyou.Heisgoing
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offeryousomethingtodropoutoftherace."JimcontinuedbystatingthatSpeakerBoehnerweuldbecomingtotown
011
Marchthe2
nd
andwouldbeatJuddSapp'shorneforthemeeting.Hejustwantedmetobereadyforwhateverhewasgoingtoofferforrnetodropout.IagainaskedwhatwouldbeofferedandJimstated,,'\vhateve!-youwant,
but
Itoldthemitwouldhavetobeahighprofilepositionwhichwouldkeepyou
jn
thepublicsoyoucanrunforCongresswhenStearnsretires."
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Iwasshockedandstated,"whatcanheofferme",whereuponhesaid,
I/!
don'tknowwhat
it
isgoingtobe,but
it
willbeanythingyouwantasheissupportingCliffandwantshimtocontinueincongresssohecanfinishtheSolandra
,,IJ
invesuganon.
!
said,"HowcanItrustanvofthem.
!
can'ttrustCliffStemsashehasalreadyliedtome."Hesaidthatwasaconcernandsomethingwewouldhavetothinkaboutandaskforsomeguarantees,possiblysomethinginwriting.TheconversationendedwithJimsayingtobereadyforthecallfromSpeakerBoehner'sofficeand
if
Iwanted,hewouldattendthemeetingwithme.
 
Twopeopleweresittingin
my
officeandheardthisconversation,Ms.CindyRevels,Directorof'heTrafficDepartrnentwithintheClerkofCourtsOfficeandLt.JoeyJett(rnvbrother)oftheClayCountySheriff'sOffice.February21,2012...11:57a.!ll......
i
receivedacallfromatelephonenumber(202)256-5716from
a
manwhoidentifiedhimselfas"PeteSessions"CongressmanfromTexasandChairmanoftheRepublicanNationalCongressionalCommittee
(RNCC).
HejustwantedtointroducehimselftomeandtoadvisethathewasnotcallingtotalkmeintogettingoutofthecampaignagainstCliffStearns.Hecontinued
by
advisingthatthecongressionalleadership,includingSpeakerBoehnerandhimself'WouldbesupportingCliffStearnsinhisre-electioncampaign.When]responded,
by
asking
why
Cliffwasmovingintomyareatoruninthisdistrictandnotrunning
ill
thedistrictwherehishomeinOcalawaslocated,hesaid
"1
thinktheychangedthedistrictlinesandnowincludeshishomeinOcalainDistrict
#3.'J
.1
said,"ldon'tthinkso",andhereiteratedthathewastoldthedistrictlinewaschanged,about1mile,soitincludedCliff'sOcalahome.Hecontinuedbysayingthatalloftherepublicanleadership,bothstateandfederal,wouldbesupportingCliffinhisre-electioncampaign,wasnottryingtopersuademetodiscontinuemycampaign,butsimplywantedmetoknowwheretheystoodandtointroducehimselftome.Weendedtheconversationbymestating
1
waslookingforwardtoservingwithhiminCongressandwasnotdroppingoutoftherace.
 
February23,2012....Residenceof"JuddSapp",atafundraiserforTravisCummings,candidateforFloridaStateRepresentative.
It
was
attheendofthefundraiser,justaftercandidateCummingsfinishedspeakingwhenJuddSappaskedmeifIknewwhatwasgoingtohappenontheafternoonwhenSpeakerBoehnerarrived.Istated,"NoIdon'tknowwhatishappening,as
amatter
offact
I
wasnotgoing
to
attendunless
I
received
a
callfromhisofficeasperaconversation
I
hadpreviouslywith
Jim
Horne."
JuddaskedifIwantedtoknowwhatwasgoingtohappenandwhenIsaidyes,heaskedtostepoutsidewherewecouldtalkandhewouldletmeknow.Juddbegantheconversationbystatingthehecouldn'tbelievesomeonehadnotadvised
me
ofwhatwasgoingto
ta
keplace.
1
respondedthat
Jim
Hornehadtoldmealittlebitabout
Speaker
Boehnerwantingtomeettodiscussanoffer"THEY"hadcorneupwith,anofferwhichwouldallowmetodropoutoftherace.Hesaid,"TheSpeakerwantstomeetwithyouprivatelyandisgoingtoofferyousomethingtodropoutofthecampaignagainstCliff.HewantsClifftocontinuehisSolandrainvestigationandhassubpoenasonhisdeskatthistimetobeissueintheimmediatefuture.Theywantatwomanraceanddonotwantyourunninginthiselection."Irespondedbyasking)IIWhataretheygoingtooffer?"Juddresponded,"ldon'tknowexactly,but,
it
isgoingtobeessentiallyanythingyouwant.Theskyisthelimit."Iagainsaid,Idon'tknowwhattheycouldofferwhichwouldgetmeoutandhestated,"Anythingyouwant.ItcouldbeapositionwiththeU.S.Marshalls,apositionwithintheRepublicanPartyoranythingyouwant.TheywantCliffStearnsastheCongressionalcandidateforthisdistrict."Ithenasked,"WhenisCliffretiring"andhestatedthathedidn'tknow.Hefeltthat,"IftherepublicansintheHousecanwin,thenCliffwillstayatleastanothercoupleoftermsorlonger,but,
if
thedemocratstakethehouseover,hewitlprobablygetoutattheendoftheterm."

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