Sep 15, 2016 09:38 AM EDT
Democrat Lawmakers Push For Investigation On Trump University Donation To Florida AG
A letter addressed to the Department of Justice was sent by the democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. It was a request for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the Donald J. Trump Foundation's $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
ABC News reported that the letter comes after a report by The Washington Post on the Republican presidential aspirant's charitable organization. Trump's team told the publication that the foundation made an error in donating $25,000 to a group backing Bondi in 2013. This happened while her office was considering looking into Trump University.
This fact pattern indicates that these payments may have influenced Ms. Bondi's official decision not to participate in litigation against Mr. Trump," the letter read. It was also revealed that "at least one of Mr. Trump's family members also donated to [Bondi's] campaign" and that "after receiving these funds, Mrs. Bondi declined to further investigate Mr. Trump's business interests."
In another report by The Washington Post, Justice Department spokesperson Peter Carr confirmed that officials have received the letter and were already reviewing it. Hope Hicks, a spokesperson for Trump expressed her outrage at the requested investigation.
"That is a totally ridiculous and false mischaracterization that blatantly disregards the facts," she said. "This is clearly a politically motivated attempt to distract from all of Hillary Clinton's issues."
"Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is a partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years and has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President," Trump communications adviser Jason Miller added. "This is nothing more than another left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton's disastrous week."
According to an insider, the investigation would be broader than the donation to Bondi. It may include the possible violations of Trump Foundation to IRS rules such as incorrect filing of tax paperwork as well as spending charity money to buy personal items for the Republican presidential candidate.
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