- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is coming under fire for her decision to ask Donald Trump for a contribution around the same time her office was being asked about a New York investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University.

Massachusetts trial attorney J. Whitfield Larrabee on Wednesday filed complaints against Bondi with the state’s ethics commission, as well as the organization that regulates lawyers. Meanwhile, State Sen. Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting an independent probe into Bondi’s actions.

Bondi released a statement saying “these attacks are without merit” and have “no basis in fact.”

Bondi asked for money from Trump in 2013 and got a $25,000 check for her political organization on Sept. 23 of that year. Emails from the same time period show that her office was reviewing the New York allegation.

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