Florida Attorney General Bondi Solicited ‘Contribution’ Directly from Trump, but Trump Denies Speaking to Her

FLORIDA–(ENEWSPF)–September 7, 2016

By Mark Sumner

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AUGUST 03:  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks before the arrival of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his campaign event at the Ocean Center Convention Center on August 3, 2016 in Daytona, Florida. Trump continued to campaign for his run for president of the United States.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Get ready for a statement that could not sound more guilty if it was being delivered by Steve Buscemi in a Coen Brother’s film.

“I never spoke to her, first of all; she’s a fine person beyond reproach. I never even spoke to her about it at all. She’s a fine person. Never spoken to her about it. Never,” Trump said Monday while speaking to reporters in Ohio. “Many of the attorney generals turned that case down because I’ll win that case in court. Many turned that down. I never spoke to her.”

Oh, he’s not done.

“I have a lot of respect for her. Never spoke to her about that at all. I just have a lot of respect for her and she’s very popular,” he said.

Never spoke to her. Got it. And she’s popular, so it’s all good. But did Bondi speak to Trump?

Florida’s attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliates.

Trump says he never spoke to Bondi about the bribe contribution to her campaign (which coincidentally came within days of dropping the suit against Trump University) except for the time when she directly requested the money from Trump.

  • The attorney general of Florida called Donald Trump and asked for a campaign contribution at a time a lawsuit was hanging between the state and Trump.
  • Trump slipped her the cash, illegally, through his ‘charitable’ foundation.
  • Bondi pulled out of the suit.
  • Trump now claims he never talked to Bondi, though her consultant says that’s not true.

Solicitation of a bribe? That’s a crime. Offering a bribe? A crime. Accepting a bribe? A crime. Acting on a bribe? A crime.

There seems to be more than enough here to have the DOJ descending on both Tallahassee and Trump Tower. So why aren’t they there?

For that matter, Florida’s own bribery statue makes it clear that Bondi accepting funds from someone when a ” matter was properly pending before him or her or might by law properly be brought before him or her, that the public servant possessed jurisdiction over the matter, or that his or her official action was necessary to achieve the person’s purpose” is more than just problematic.

So where is the special prosecutor?

Source: http://dailykos.com