Former city attorney calls for investigation into District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

SAN DIEGO - A former city attorney is calling for an investigation into District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, as 10News learns more about an alleged scheme that funneled money to a group supporting her failed mayoral bid.

She is the county's top prosecutor, but some are wondering if she did everything she could to make sure the law was being followed.

"It appears there's a big need for lots of questions," said former city attorney Michael Aguirre.

Aguirre points to a meeting Dumanis says she had with Mexican tycoon Susumo Azano early in her mayoral campaign, which began in March 2011.

In late May 2012, San Diego CityBeat published an article linking Azano and a $100,000 contribution to a political action committee supporting Dumanis.

Two weeks later, Dumanis lost in the primary.

Prosecutors now allege more than $200,000 was illegally funneled to efforts to elect her.

Aguirre says as soon as the article came out, she should have called for an investigation. Another question is why she never publicly called for one even after her loss.

"It appears she may have put her interests as a political candidate above her fundamental duty as prosecutor for San Diego County," said Aguirre.

Aguirre says it is time for federal investigators took look into the matter, including Dumanis' apparent lack of action.

In a statement, a representative for the District Attorney's Office said:

"A variety of regulatory and law enforcement agencies have authority over political campaigns in the city of San Diego. This complaint alleges illegal funds were contributed by a foreign national in violation of federal law, so it's appropriate that federal authorities are investigating this matter."

During an interview on UT-TV, Dumanis said, "I have nothing to hide. My name is being dragged through the mud because I met somebody. I had nothing to do with that committee."

Calls for more answers are also coming from Terri Wyatt, a retired veteran prosecutor and one of Dumanis' opponents in the district attorney race.

"It erodes the trust in the district attorney when you have this going on, when she's connected to that," said Wyatt.

In the interview, Dumanis said the meeting with Azano was set up in support of her campaign because he knew a lot of people.

Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy has recused herself from the case. 10News reached out to the Department of Justice to ask about a possible probe into Dumanis but did not receive a call back.            

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