New York Attorney General calls Trump University a fraud

Donald Trump has attacked those investigating Trump University, as a federal judge ordered that files pertaining to the case be unsealed.

“Defendant became the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race, and has placed the integrity of these court proceedings at issue,” said U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel in an order unsealing a series of internal Trump University documents that Trump’s lawyers asked be kept from the public.

Trump responded with anger at a rally on May 29.

“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel. … I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself,” Trump said. “I’m telling you, this court system, judges in this court system, federal court, they ought to look into Judge Curiel. Because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace, OK?”

Trump is fighting a lawsuit against his university, which is accused of misleading students and defrauding them of up to $35, 000.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office would be pursuing a lawsuit against Trump University on behalf of its former students and called the venture a “fraud from beginning to end.”

“In New York, we have laws against business fraud. We have laws against consumer fraud,” Schneiderman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.”

Schneiderman accused Trump University of violating New York law from its very beginnings.

“We have a law against running an illegal, unlicensed university. This never was a university. The fraud started with the name of the organization, and you can’t just go around saying this is the George Stephanopoulos Law Firm/Hospital/University without actually qualifying and registering, so it was really a fraud from beginning to end.”

Schneiderman says that even though Trump did not participate directly in the program’s curriculum and only marketed Trump University that he is liable for running an unlicensed university.

 

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