Gillum: Trump, DeSantis have done everything they can to undermine FBI

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (Fla.) on Wednesday said his opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisTo win over Midwesterners, Democrats should rethink school choice stance DeSantis wants statue of civil rights activist to replace Confederate figure on Capitol Hill Florida couple wins right to plant vegetables in front yard after years-long legal battle MORE (R-Fla.), as well as President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE, have "done everything that they could to undermine the FBI." 

Gillum made the comment in response to a question from Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who asked the Tallahassee mayor about an ongoing FBI investigation into corruption in the city's government. Gillum has said he is confident the investigation has nothing to do with him.

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"I’ve got no doubt in saying that I don’t expect any trouble my way because I know my conscience, I know how I vote, I know what my values and principles are," Gillum said. 

"The difference between me and Ron DeSantis, obviously, when it comes to the FBI, is I’ve welcomed their investigation to get to the bottom of any corruption that might exist," he said. "In his case, he and Donald Trump have done everything that they could to undermine the FBI." 

Trump-backed DeSantis has stood by the president as he escalates attacks against Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question MORE and criminal investigations emanating from the Justice Department.

Gillum won Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary in a stunning upset win on Tuesday, toppling Rep. Gwen GrahamGwendolyn GrahamJimmy Buffett takes musical shots at Trump during concert Jimmy Buffett hosting free Florida concert to support Gillum, Nelson Overnight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site MORE (D), who was favored to win. Many have pointed to his win as evidence that progressives are playing a pivotal role in this year's midterms.

In an April letter to the Justice Department, DeSantis asked the Justice Department to investigate multiple former Obama-era officials including former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal MORE, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE and former FBI Agent Peter Strzok. 

"Justice must be blind, not partisan," he wrote at the time. "We must conduct a thorough investigation into the potential abuses of power for politically motivated reasons committed by Justice Department and FBI officials."