Jim Greer, the man handpicked by Gov. Charlie Crist to lead the party, was arrested earlier this month on six felony charges that he steered party money into a shell company that he set up with another top party official. Greer, who was ousted from his post in January, has said he is innocent.
But the documents that were released -- and the potential witness list for Greer's trial -- could have extensive reverberations for many top elected officials. Crist is listed as a potential witness, as are many other party officials and even a potential future House speaker.
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Among the details:
Crist gave investigators a written affidavit saying he knew nothing about Greer's involvement in Victory Strategies, the company that Greer set up and received money from the party.
A 56-minute phone call between Greer and former executive director Delmar Johnson where Greer says he Crist and Greer talked about Crist's independent bid for U.S. Senate days before Crist went on Fox News and said he staying with the Republican Party.
Greer says on that same phone call that he and House speaker in waiting Rep. Chris Dorworth talked about whether the party intended to use Victory Strategies - the company that Greer used to get payment from the party - as a "blackmail mechanism" to get out of paying Greer a severance agreement.
Johnson - who in May signed a deal that keeps him out of prison for helping investigators - repeatedly reassures Greer on the phone call that he's not turning on him. "You never have to worry about me,'' Johnson lies to Greer at one point.
Greer talks about how that "idiot Thrasher," a reference to party chairman John Thrasher, will "try to use that anybody as a scape goat." He calls Thrasher, Attorney General Bill McCollum, and incoming Senate president Mike Haridopolos and incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon the "four horsemen."
Johnson on the call says that McCollum "played a much role behind the scenes than we realize."
While some party officials say they knew nothing about Greer's involvement with Victory Strategies, one party employee says she told to "keep quiet" about the arrangement.
Investigators seized items from Greer's home when he was arrested in early June and included in the haul were American Express records for Cannon, Senate President Jeff Atwater, former House speaker Allan Bense, former Senate President Ken Pruitt, former RPOF chairman Carole Jean Jordan, and Richard Corcoran, a former top aide to Marco Rubio. Investigators also seized invoices/payments for other party officials and Dane Eagle, a top aide to Crist.