Governor Abbott tours flooded Brazoria County, shrugs off questions over Trump U controversy

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ANGLETON, TX - Governor Greg Abbott is dealing with a lot of flooding right now,  and not all of it involves the growing flood waters around here.

On Friday, Abbott saw firsthand how the floods and surging Brazos River have devastated the Angleton community and Brazoria County.

"We know your lives are challenged right now, but we know you need aid, support and protection," the governor announced at a news conference after touring the flood-ravaged area. Abbott said the state is offering all available resources to help in these efforts.

Residents have been doing their best to cope with the flood waters while still bracing for more possible storms this weekend.

"The most important thing you have is your life," Abbott reminded everyone. "Do everything you can to protect your life and the life of others."

Meanwhile, Abbott has been flooded with questions about a Texas Tribune story alleging a possible bribery scandal.

The possible scandal stems from Abbott's days as the Texas Attorney General in 2010 when he reportedly opened a civil investigation of "possibly deceptive trade practices" by Donald Trump's real estate investment training program known as "Trump University."

The controversy is over why Abbott suddenly dropped the investigation after Trump U agreed to end its operations in Texas. Then, later on, Trump reportedly made $35,000 in campaign donations to Abbott's successful campaign for governor.

The governor's communications director told NewsFix, "It's absurd to suggest any connection between a case that has been closed and a donation to Governor Abbott four years later."

Former Deputy Attorney General David Morales has also said he made the decision not to pursue a $5.4 million lawsuit against  Trump University on his own, and not with any direction from Abbott.

Still, Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued a statement saying, "Republican Governor Abbott is on the corrupt Trump payroll."

Ouch! Sounds like there is plenty of mud-slinging to go along with all the flooding!

While area residents worry and wonder if the stormy floods will ever end....the governor is probably hoping this latest Trump U controversy will go away, too.