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Florida AG Bondi Defends Decision To Take Trump Donation

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks in the rain with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as they arrive at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, in August. House Democrats are calling for a federal criminal investigation into an improper $25,000 donation Trump's charity made to a political group supporting Florida's attorney general after her office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks in the rain with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as they arrive at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, in August. House Democrats are calling for a federal criminal investigation into an improper $25,000 donation Trump’s charity made to a political group supporting Florida’s attorney general after her office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending her decision to ask for and keep a $25,000 donation from Donald Trump that she received at the same time questions were arising about Trump University.

Bondi on Tuesday for the first time directly answered questions about the 2013 donation. She said she had no regrets with the decision to accept the money from Trump and again repeated that her office did nothing improper. Bondi also said it would have looked like a “bribe” if she had chosen to return the money once questions arose.

Bondi personally asked Trump for money and got a $25,000 check for her political organization three years ago. Emails from the same time period show that her office had been asked about a lawsuit filed by New York against Trump University.

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