New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is not backing down from Donald Trump.
Schneiderman is pursuing fraud-related charges against Trump University and believes the court case will prove Trump stole millions of dollars – explaining “initial estimates are that [Trump] personally pocketed 5 million” – from the now-defunct program.
In an appearance today on Good Morning America, 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.”
He continued, “It really was a fraud from beginning to end.”
Although a campaign ad released Wednesday by Trump showed one-time students endorsing Trump University, which is also facing two lawsuits in California, Schneiderman feels it proves nothing about the validity of the program.
“The fact that they can find a few people to put on TV, it’s not a defense in the court of law,” Schneiderman said in response to the ad.
Trump denies the allegations and argues that Schneiderman, who sits on the Hillary for New York Leadership Council, is biased.
Even if Trump is elected as president, Schneiderman points out that he would still face the charges in court.
“He doesn’t have immunity from civil fraud trials,” Schneiderman said.
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Hillary Clinton has also spoken out against Trump University this week.
“He is trying to scam America the way he scammed all those people at Trump University,” Clinton reportedly said.
“His own employees testified that Trump U – you can’t make this up – that Trump U was a fraudulent scheme where Donald Trump enriched himself at the expense of hard-working people.”