Bondi offered a lengthy public defense Tuesday for taking what turned out to be an illegal $25,000 contribution from Trump’s foundation in 2013, around the same time the New York attorney general sued Trump University for fraud.
The Florida attorney general&8217;s office had received 21 complaints from consumers about the for-profit school. All but one came in while Bondi&8217;s predecessor, fellow Republican Bill McCollum, was in office — but neither Florida prosecutor pursued an investigation.
Bondi, meeting with reporters Tuesday, said she&8217;d done nothing wrong, soliciting and keeping the contribution.
“I don&8217;t know a prosecutor who would do what she did,” said Dan Gelber, a former Miami-Dade County legislator who ran against Bondi in 2010, in a conference call organized by the Democratic National Committee.
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who is among Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee calling for a Justice Department probe of the donation, said Bondi&8217;s response &8220;really only raised more questions.&8221;
Florida was one of the biggest markets for Trump University courses which, Deutch said, &8220;were little more than a sham.&8221;
&8220;There&8217;s a lot that federal investigators need to look at here,&8221; Deutch said, citing the timing of the New York lawsuit and Bondi asking Trump for a campaign contribution.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, also turned the attack toward Trump.
&8220;He knew. And as he has clearly stated, he gives money to politicians so they can do his bidding,&8221; Frankel said.