Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is currently being sued for a past venture of his called Trump University. This week, it was revealed that the business mogul will be forced to testify in court over the case.
This could not come at a worst time, as he will have to testify just weeks after the presidential election.
Ian Tuttle of the National Review called it a “Massive Scam,” adding, “Trump University is currently the defendant in three lawsuits — two class-action lawsuits filed in California, and one filed in New York by then-attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who told CNN’s New Day in 2013: ‘We started looking at Trump University and discovered that it was a classic bait-and-switch scheme. It was a scam, starting with the fact that it was not a university.’”
Trump University was an unaccredited real-estate investment program which taught its students to make money in real estate. But some of the students — the plaintiffs in the lawsuits — don’t believe they got what they paid for and have taken the organization to court.
Trump himself, according to his lawyers, will take the witness stand in California Nov. 27, just weeks after the presidential election.
California U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a President Obama appointee, has resisted calls from Trump’s attorneys to delay the civil trial, but Curiel is proceeding forward. The implication could be that president-elect Trump (if he wins) will testify at the case against Trump University.
The case, filed in 2010, involves former Trump University students who had paid as much as $35,000 for real estate seminars. But they contend they didn’t get their money’s worth, even being pressured to buy more services.
According to Fox News, “The lawsuit is one of three that accuse Trump University of fleecing students with unfulfilled promises to teach secrets of success in real estate.”
Trump contends the course has a 98-percent satisfaction rating with former students, and the billionaire has publicly railed against the judge in the case, implying he might be upset about Trump’s plan to secure the Southern border with Mexico by building a border wall.
“I think the judge has been extremely hostile to me,” Trump has said of Judge Curiel. “I think it has to do with the fact I’m very, very strong on the border, and he happens to be extremely hostile to me. We have a very hostile judge. He is Hispanic, and he is very hostile to me.”
At a March hearing, Trump lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said, “This will be a zoo if it were to go to trial.”
According to Fox News, the trial will likely commence in August, just as the fall campaign begins to heat up. Likewise, Clinton has her own legal troubles with the ongoing FBI investigation of her handling of classified information on a private email server. It’s quite possible, both leading presidential candidates may find themselves on witness stands at the same time.
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