Attorney General Pam Bondi was named today as a member of Donald Trump's top transition team, joining a group of political insiders and newcomers, including members of Trump's family.
Bondi was with Trump for most of the campaign, save for a couple months when she stayed off the trail amid questions of a political donation Trump gave her in 2013 around the same time Trump University was being investigated. Bondi served as a prominent female voice for Trump as he reeled from the release of a video in which he made sexually aggressive comments toward women and suggested he attempted an adulturous affair. Bondi said his comments were "disgusting" but "I believe in forgiveness."
It had already been speculated that Bondi would play some role in his administration. Today she was named to the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee, which includes several lawmakers, Trump's children, Jared Kushner, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Breitbart News' Steve Bannon.
The overall effort will be led by Mike Pence, who takes over the top job from Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor will serve as a vice chairman.
"Together this outstanding group of advisors, led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, will build on the initial work done under the leadership of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to help prepare a transformative government ready to lead from day one,” the president elect said. “The mission of our team will be clear: put together the most highly qualified group of successful leaders who will be able to implement our change agenda in Washington. Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation - specifically jobs, security and opportunity. This team is going to get to work immediately to Make America Great Again.”
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times
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