BRIBERY PROBE

Liberal Watchdog CREW Sues for Bondi Schedule

Liberal watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is filing a public-records request for Florida Attorney Pam Bondi’s schedule, after it emerged that she was in New York the same day her political action committee received a $25,000 check from Donald Trump’s charity.

CREW is seeking to find out whether Bondi met with any representatives of the Trump Organization during this time and whether Trump was personally involved.

Bondi was in New York City on Sept. 17, 2013, for an appearance on Fox & Friends, while Trump was in New York touring a golf course. A Trump campaign spokesperson told The Daily Beast that Trump and Bondi did not meet in person, and the check was written a week prior to this date.

Bondi and Trump have been embroiled in scandal over Bondi’s 2013 decision not to join a legal action initiated by the state of New York against Trump University. She made the decision after Trump’s charity sent a $25,000 check to a PAC linked to her. Bondi has acknowledged soliciting a campaign contribution from Trump.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has been leading the charge in investigating the links between Bondi, Trump, and the political contribution. Earlier this week, the organization filed a complaint to the Justice Department and the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, alleging that Trump and Bondi “appear to have committed a federal crime relating to an apparent bribe solicited by the Florida attorney general and paid by Trump and the Trump Foundation.”

—Tim Mak