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It’s official: Bondi tapped as top Trump impeachment aide

Pam-Bondi-BW-1000px-v5-75p-1Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was long-rumored to be joining the White House or FOX News before she left office in January, is going to help President Donald Trump fight House impeachment efforts, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Instead of going back to her old haunt, FOX, or signing up as one of the president’s official cheerleaders, Bondi went to work for Ballard Partners after leaving office in January.

Lately, it’s been rumored that Bondi — who worked for the state attorney in Tampa and was a FOX News regular before her election as AG — would lead Trump’s impeachment efforts.

That was confirmed by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter in Tallahassee, in a tweet today.

Bender, who also worked for The Palm Beach Post, tweeted that Bondi and former Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh were being added as White House impeachment related aides.

“Adding Sayegh & Bondi is both an acknowledgment Trump needs help coordinating a response to the House probe, & a compromise between competing factions in the White House where rivalries opened during a two week-long process deliberation over which adviser to bring inside,” Bender tweeted.

Bondi “had the backing of Stephanie Grisham and Mick Mulvaney and is also close to POTUS, but her work as a lobbyist presented snarls to tangle for her and the White House,” Bender tweeted.

Truth or Dara has been told by insiders that Bondi — and Panhandle Congressman Matt Gaetz — are regular visitors to the White House.

The move comes with House Democrats set to hold public hearings next week with key witnesses in the impeachment proceedings.

— By Jim Turner.

Justin leaving, but Sayfie Review going nowhere

Good news for both readers of one of Florida’s top news aggregators and for the aggregator himself.

Justin Sayfie — a South Florida lawyer, entrenched Republican operative and commentator who served as a senior policy advisor and speechwriter to former Gov. Jeb Bush — was named part of the lobbying firm Ballard Partners ever-growing Washington, D.C. office on Monday.

While Sayfie has run Ballard’s Fort Lauderdale operations since 2015, he has also operated — since 2002 — one of Florida’s most-followed online political sites. The Sayfie Review compiles news, blogs, editorials and tweets from the state’s political reporters and news outlets.

As the increased national exposure was announced for Sayfie, he offered “A Message from the Publisher…”  on his website.

“I am really excited to share some personal news with you. This morning Ballard Partners announced that I am joining their Washington, DC office to provide government affairs consulting services to the firm’s growing list of blue chip clients in our nation’s capitol.

“In light of this announcement, I wanted to be sure I let you know that this will not impact the Sayfie Review in any way. Florida politics is in my blood, and after 15 years of publishing the site every day, it’s even made it into my soul! I will continue to serve you in my role as Publisher of Sayfie Review, and I, along with our team of dedicated article editors, will keep providing you with the best political news from around the state, around the clock. This remains our highest mission and commitment to you. Furthermore, Sayfie Review will always remain non-partisan, and independently owned and operated from my other business interests.

“We are grateful to have you as a reader, and we look forward serving you in the future.

“Best regards,”

Justin

By Jim Turner.