It seems like each day a new scandal surfaces involving Donald Trump. And now, Florida’s Republican Attorney General, Pam Bondi, may have just let information slip that confirms Trump’s latest bribe.
On Monday, Bondi’s spokesman spoke to The Associated Press and provided new information regarding Trump’s $25,000 donation.
According to The Associated Press, the money was given to a political group backing Bondi’s re-election called And Justice For All. The money, which came from a Trump family foundation, was received on September 17, 2013 — just four days after a spokesperson for Bondi announced she was considering fielding an investigation into the supposedly fraudulent activity that was Trump University. However, upon receiving the $25,000 donation, Bondi’s office terminated the investigation on the basis of “insufficient grounds to proceed.”
When asked for an interview by The Associated Press on Monday, Bondi declined to comment and instead referred all questions to Marc Reichelderfer, a political consultant who aided in her re-election as state attorney general.
Upon speaking with AP, Reichelderfer said that Bondi spoke with Trump “several weeks” before her office publicly stated they were considering joining forces in a lawsuit with the Democratic attorney general from the state of New York, who last week told CNN Trump University “was a fraud from the top to bottom.” He also said he’s intent on pursuing the suit against Trump to the end.
You can watch a clip from that interview below:
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According to Reichelderfer, Bondi was “unaware” of the consumer complaints her office had received about Trump University.
Speaking with AP, Reichelderfer said:
‘The process took at least several weeks, from the time they spoke to the time they received the contribution.’
That’s not all, however. According to reports, Trump has personally donated $253,500 to Florida since 1999, with most of it going toward Republican candidates, the state party, or committees affiliated with GOP officials. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, also personally gave Bondi $500 before her father’s money was received, as well as an additional $25,000 to the Republican Party of Florida the year after.
Former Republican attorney general Greg Abbott also investigated Trump University’s “possibly deceptive trade practices,” but his office later dropped the investigation after Trump University pulled out of Texas. However, that didn’t stop Trump from donating $35,000 to Abbott’s campaign for Governor of Texas.
It’s worth noting that both Bondi and Abbott have formally endorsed Trump for president.
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Donald Trump has no problem bribing his way out of his messes. The only question is, will he be able to bribe his way out of the potential RICO charges he faces?