Democrats renew call for federal probe of Bondi, Trump connection

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Attorney General Pam Bondi

Democrats maintained their attack Wednesday on Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for what they call his pay-for-play tactics.

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.

 




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