By: Associated Press
December 23, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott has assigned a complaint filed against Attorney General Pam Bondi to a prosecutor in southwest Florida.
The complaint stems from scrutiny this year over a $25,000 campaign contribution Bondi received from President-elect Donald Trump in 2013. Bondi asked for the donation around the same time her office was being asked about a New York investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University.
A Massachusetts attorney filed numerous complaints against Bondi, including one that asked State Attorney Mark Ober to investigate Trump's donation.
Ober asked Scott in September to appoint a different prosecutor because Bondi used to work for him.
Scott assigned the case Friday to State Attorney Stephen Russell, who has one year to decide whether the complaint has any merit.