pam_bondi_web_3.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Attorney General Pam Bondi has agreed to seek an independent investigation into the forced resignation of two of her lawyers who had led a crackdown on foreclosure fraud.

Bondi, a Republican, on Tuesday denied the firings were politically motivated.

She said she trusted three administrators who sought the resignations on grounds of poor job performance.

But Bondi said she agreed to an outside investigation because she had questions about documentation.

The two lawyers who resigned, June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, had received positive job evaluations from Bondi's predecessor, Bill McCollum.

They worked in the attorney general's Fort Lauderdale office focusing on law firms and banks suspected of fraud in mortgage foreclosure cases.

State Rep. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat, last week urged the U.S. Justice Department to investigate.