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Amid controversy, Pam Bondi stays off the campaign trail with Donald Trump

Pam Bondi with Donald Trump in Tamp on Aug. 24

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Pam Bondi with Donald Trump in Tamp on Aug. 24



She was a forceful warmup act for Donald Trump.

“You are all here today because you are part of the solution, and you’re about to see the Washington, D.C., train wreck come in for a reckoning,” Attorney General Pam Bondi said during an Aug. 3 rally in Daytona Beach. “Independence Day is coming early next year, on a beautiful wintery day when Donald Trump is sworn in as president of the United States.”

But Bondi, who also spoke at the GOP convention, has been noticeably missing from Trump’s last several rallies in Florida. She hasn't been listed on fundraisers, either. Some rallies happened during the work week but the absences also come as Bondi’s connection to Trump have come under renewed scrutiny.

Bondi and Trump deny impropriety in the $25,000 donation he gave, through his foundation, to a political committee Bondi controls. It was news earlier this year then died down only to be revived early this month amid news that Trump paid a $2,500 fine for using his foundation, rather than his own money, to contribute the committee.

A political aide said Bondi probably will return to the campaign trail but priority remains her elected duty.


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 1:00pm]


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