Florida Attorney General Who Received Illegal Donation from Trump Expected to Join White House|
Pam Bondi — the Florida attorney general who took an illegal donation from President-elect Trump — appears poised to take a job in his administration.
Bondi’s role has not yet been made public, Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs confirmed on Thursday that Bondi’s role was being “finalized” by the Trump transition team, implying that an announcement was pending:
NEW: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will be named to a post in the Trump White House, sources tell me. Trump aides finalizing her role.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 5, 2017
In June, the Miami Herald broke the story about Bondi suddenly dropping her agency’s 2013 inquiry into Trump University’s practices after a PAC supporting her campaign received a $25,000 donation from the billionaire real estate mogul’s private charitable foundation. Prior to the donation, Bondi’s office was reportedly considering whether or not to join New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman’s Trump University lawsuit, prompted by a flurry of angry former students who complained they had been scammed.
“No one in my office ever opened an investigation of Trump University, nor was there a basis for doing so,” Bondi said at the time, adding that she was “devastated” by the allegations of corruption.
The IRS classified the $25,000 contribution as an illegal political donation. Trump’s staff referred to the 2013 donation as an “honest mistake,” and paid a $2,500 fine to the Internal Revenue Service.
The Trump University lawsuit was later settled for $25 million after Trump was elected president. In their complaint, plaintiffs argued that the course material was not what the school said would be taught, and that the professors were not “handpicked by Trump,” as was advertised. The settlement came despite the former reality TV host boasting on the campaign trail that he would never settle.
Schneiderman called the settlement “a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university.” Trump University is now defunct.
Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog.