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Florida Att. General Defends Trump Donation, Amid University Fraud Claims

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) —  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending her decision to accept a $25,000 donation from Donald Trump.

This as her office was fielding a complaint of fraud at Trump University which reportedly was meant to teach people how to profit from real estate.

For the first time Tuesday, Bondi directly answered questions about the 2013 donation from Trump’s family foundation.

“There was one complaint by once citizen against Donald Trump in 2011. I had absolutely no idea nor would I have had an idea that there was one complaint. There was never an investigation open nor was there ever a multi-state,” said Bondi.

She said she has no regrets about accepting the money from Trump and 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.

Related: Trump Campaign Seeks Distance From Pam Bondi Donation

Emails from the same time period show that her office had been asked about a lawsuit filed by New York against Trump University. Bondi decided not to pursue the case against Trump University.

Trump paid a fine to the IRS after giving Bondi the donation from Trump’s charitable foundation.

Trump has admitted that he spoke to Bondi before his charity gave her campaign the check, but his campaign has said the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University.

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