Earlier today a New York judge ruled that the ‘Trump University’ fraud case will go to trial, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has indicated he will call the Donald himself as a witness.
Schneiderman contends that Trump University used bait-and-switch tactics in trying to lure prospective students into thinking they were getting lessons in real estate investing from people hand-picked by the real estate mogul himself.
The trial became a point of contention during Republican debates. Senator [score]Marco Rubio[/score] claimed Trump was trying to scam the American people in the same way he scammed students at the university.
Trump is “trying to do with the American voter what he did to the people who signed up for this course — making promises he has no intention of keeping,” Rubio said.
Trump responded by demanding retractions of ads produced by a Rubio Super PAC regarding the Trump University case. He demanded an “immediate retraction of the ads” which were allegedly “coordinated with lightweight Senator Marco Rubio.”
He also took a shot at Schneiderman saying “New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman continues to waste taxpayer money trying to smear me.”
The AG might have the last laugh however, as the case moves forward.
Via Fox News:
New York County Supreme Court Judge Cynthia Kern made the decision at a hearing Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the case will be weighed at a jury trial – which is what Trump’s team is seeking. Trump attorney Jeffrey Goldman said it’s possible the trial could be held this fall, and Trump could testify.
In the case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, has accused Trump and others of misleading thousands of students over the school.
Schneiderman alleges that Trump University was unlicensed since it began operating in 2005 and promised lessons with real estate experts hand-picked by Trump, only one of whom had ever met him. The attorney general said the school used “bait-and-switch” tactics, inducing students to enroll in increasingly expensive seminars.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing. He has said it was “a terrific school” with 98 percent approval ratings by its students.
Schneiderman had sued Trump and the school, which changed its name to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative before it closed in 2010, for $40 million. The lawsuit seeks restitution and damages for more than 5,000 students nationwide, including 600 New Yorkers, who paid up to $35,000 each.
Schneiderman issued the following statement regarding the ruling:
“I am very pleased the judge has indicated her intention to move as expeditiously as possible to trial, as thousands of Mr. Trump’s alleged victims have been waiting years for relief from his fraud. We believe that Mr. Trump and Mr. Sexton will be essential witnesses at trial. As we will prove in court, Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded thousands of students out of millions of dollars.”
RedState’s Jay Caruso predicted this scenario back in February.
“Trump, while trying to get the GOP nomination will take the beautiful witness stand at in the very near future in his own fraud trial,” Caruso wrote.
“Let’s say he actually gets the nomination and the other Democrat, Hillary Clinton, gets hers,” he continued. “We’d have one candidate running while on trial for fraud and another under FBI investigation.”
This is the best America has to offer?