Soto keeps heat on Bondi over firingsby John Kennedy | August 3rd, 2011
State Rep. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat, kept the heat on Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday over her firing of a couple of high-ranking investigators probing foreclosure practices by banks and law firms.
Soto, joined by state Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, asked the U.S. Justice Department to look into the May dismissals of June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards. Bondi on Tuesday said she was confident the actions were warranted, but acknowledged she was asking an “outside inspector general” to examine the case to see if any missteps were made.
Soto, who sought documents last week related to the dismissals, said that was a good move by the first-year attorney general. But it didn’t go far enough, Soto and Sobel said.
“Public records indicate that these terminations occurred while Ms. Edwards and Ms. Clarkson were in the midst of successful mortgage fraud litigation and in spite of prior successful reviews,” Soto and Sobel wrote in their letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
”As legislators representing areas ravaged by foreclosure fraud and in the interest of our constituents, we believe these terminations present an overwhelming public concern.”
The Democrats also asked Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to push for a probe of Bondi’s actions by ”an investigatory agency not directly associated with the State of Florida in an effort to get the most neutral review.”