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Sean Shaw threatens to sue Donald Trump administration

Sean Shaw is making some bold promises in his campaign to be Florida’s next Attorney General, threatening to file or join multiple lawsuits against President Donald Trump and his administration.

“There is no room for corruption in the state of Florida,” Shaw said, speaking outside a Trump condo building in Sunny Isles Beach.

“The hundreds of millions of dollars in Russian shell company money that has been reportedly pumped into Trump properties in the past 20 years raises troubling questions about how the President is conducting his business.”

Shaw is referring to reports that Russians paid millions in cash for these properties. The area was even dubbed “Little Moscow” or “Little Russia” due to the amount of Russian buyers ready to pony up for space in these buildings.

Reports say some of those cash deals may have been done to funnel dirty money, though no wrongdoing has been found.

Pam Bondi had eight years to investigate Donald Trump,” Shaw said. “Instead, she took $25,000 from him.

Ashley Moody has promised to be an extension of Pam Bondi. Is that really what the people of the state of Florida need more of? No.”

Moody’s camp responded with a statement regarding her focus should she be elected.

“Ashley Moody will continue to speak to the issues important to Floridians, like supporting our law enforcement, addressing the opioid crisis and elder abuse,” said Nick Catroppo, Moody’s campaign manager.

“Floridians do not need to be distracted by partisan political rhetoric at a time when voters want someone who they can trust to defend the rule of law.”

Shaw also pointed to an ongoing lawsuit begun by several Attorneys General throughout the country, accusing Trump of violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. (The Washington Post has an explainer here.) Shaw promised to add Florida to the list of states suing Trump.

“President Trump is using the office of the presidency to personally enrich himself and those around him. This is unacceptable and potentially a crime,” Shaw argued.

“As Attorneys General are quickly realizing, we are the last line of defense against public corruption. Unlike [special counsel Robert] Mueller or members of the Department of Justice, the President can’t fire me.

“I only answer [to] and work for the people of the state of Florida. And they demand action and accountability.”

Shaw was asked whether he would wait for the Mueller investigation to conclude before using his power to sue the President. Shaw says he’ll be ready on his first day in office to challenge Trump.

“These are parallel investigations. The only thing I’m waiting on is to get elected. The minute we do, we’re going to start these investigations and join that lawsuit.”

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to

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