Today in Donald Trump: the real estate mogul has filed an ethics complaint against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, claiming Schneiderman is “crooked,” and referring to him as the “dumbest Attorney General.”
As Trump triumphantly tweeted on Tuesday:
I just filed a major ethics complaint against crooked New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman-he should resign from office!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2013
The complaint, filed with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, comes just a few months after Schneiderman sued Trump over ‘Trump University’, a program that purported to train wannabe real estate tycoons, but that allegedly wound up being a big scam.
As Kenneth Lovett writes for the New York Daily News, Jeffrey Goldman, Trump’s attorney, claims “that Schneiderman, during the investigation of Trump University, met at a bar with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, developer Jared Kushner, asking for favors while at the same time downplaying the ongoing probe into her father’s venture.”
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“His wild accusations, outlandish conspiracy theories and outright distortions will not distract Attorney General Schneiderman from pursuing justice for the students victimized by Mr. Trump and his scam university,” Damien LaVera, a spokesman for Schneiderman, said of the complaint.
Schneiderman had been investigating Trump University, now called the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, for what he described as “an elaborate bait-and-switch.” Filed in August, the suit alleged that Trump misled around 5,000 students about the degree of Trump’s involvement in the program — and, perhaps more importantly, about the program’s lack of a license as a legitimate university. According to the lawsuit, Trump U tuition fees could run as high as $35,000 a pop.
Schneiderman is pushing for Trump to pay $40 million in restitution for the alleged scam, though obviously Trump has so far been resistant.
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Trump, recently seen dropping hints that he could run for governor of New York, has previously blamed President Obama for his legal troubles. “By the way, [Schneiderman] meets with President Obama on Thursday evening in Syracuse. On Saturday at 1:00 he files a suit,” Trump said in August, shortly after the suit was filed. “Maybe it’s a mini-IRS.”
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