Lawyers for Donald Trump have filed a motion to delay a class-action fraud lawsuit regarding the president-elect’s defunct Trump University until after his swearing-in.
Trump University, the for-profit real estate school started by the 70-year-old businessman, is accused of fraud by three of its students. Although the trial date is currently scheduled for Nov. 28, Trump’s attorneys have asked for it to be postponed until after the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.
In the motion filed Saturday in San Diego federal court, lawyer Daniel Petrocelli claims that the extra months would give both sides time to possibly reach a settlement. They also argue that Trump must focus on his transition into the presidency in the upcoming months.
“The 69 days until inauguration are critical and all-consuming. President-elect Trump must receive daily security briefings, make executive appointments (ultimately, thousands), and establish relationships with appointees, members of Congress, governors and foreign leaders. He must also develop important policy priorities,” attorneys said, according to Politico.
They stress that Trump is “not seeking to stay this case indefinitely or until the end of his term” but rather delay the hearing until “a date after the inauguration that is convenient for the parties and the Court.”
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is pursuing charges against Trump University and believes the court case will prove Trump stole millions of dollars from the now-defunct program, called the university “a fraud from beginning to end.”
In an appearance today on Good Morning America in June, he told anchor George Stephanopoulos, “We have laws against running an illegal unlicensed university. This never was a university. The fraud started with the name of the organization.”