“I don’t want to rush to judgment,” said Soto, but “we need to know whether or not they were fired because they did too good a job on foreclosure fraud investigations.”


U.S. probe sought into Bondi firings

TALLAHASSEE –A Democratic state lawmaker wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate why Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi forced two foreclosure fraud investigators to resign this spring.

Rep. Darren Soto of Orlando said Friday he intends to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Bondi’s ouster of Theresa Edwards and June Clarkson this spring.

He also plans, he said, to ask for an investigation by the inspector general in Bondi’s office, and may also request a hearing in the Legislature.

The two attorneys were lead foreclosure fraud investigators under Bondi’s predecessor, Bill McCollum, who gave both positive performance reviews.

Soto, whose district has been hit hard by the state’s mortgage foreclosure crisis, requested copies of those reviews from Bondi’s office. Upon reviewing them, he said, he is concerned that Clarkson and Edwards may have been terminated for political reasons.

Soto noted the two attorneys were investigating at least one company that contributed to the state Republican Party as well as the campaigns of GOP candidates last election cycle, including Bondi.

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