LINDBERG TAPES REVEAL DEEPER CONNECTIONS TO LT. GOVERNOR: "Well, some of what happened to Dan Forest was, was strategic, and there's more to it," Gray told Causey during a May 2018 phone conversation. "What you can see of it is not even the tip of an iceberg. There's a lot more to it than anybody knows, and I'm not at liberty to discuss it." Even though Causey didn't ask for details, Gray kept stressing discretion. "It's just not the kinds of things to be discussed publicly," he said, according to an FBI transcript. "Well, I certainly appreciate," Causey began, before Gray cut him off. "The best way to win a primary is not to have one," he said. Forest's campaign spokesman said it's "impossible to speculate" what Gray meant, and he accused WRAL News of trying "to smear the solid reputation of the lieutenant governor by innuendo, hearsay, guilt by association or any other means available."