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Trump University Hearings Will Start on the First Day of GOP Convention

Trump University Hearings Will Start on the First Day of GOP Convention

::lights a match, tosses it on gasoline-soaked primary::

If you’re the guy (or gal) out there who keeps tempting fate by asking what could possibly make this GOP primary season worse, for the love of all that’s holy, STAHP. I beg you. If you love George Washington you’ll stop…

Because the dumpster fire isn’t burning bright enough, a federal judge scheduled the Trump University hearings for the first day of the GOP Convention.

I can see it now…

“Where’s Donald Trump? I thought he was supposed to speak at the convention tonight.”
“Oh him? Yeah, he’s testifying to fraud allegations. Should be there soon though.”
“Cool.” [Nervous laughter]

::looks up at bar TV::
::sees breaking news coverage of Donald Trump driving a white Bronco, leading police in a high-speed chase::

“I’M STEALING BACK THE NOMINATION THAT WAS STOLEN FROM ME FIRST!11!!! It’s MINE! MIIIINNNEE!!!!” Trump hollers from the window, hair piece blowing in the wind.


Josh Gerstein reported for Politico Tuesday:

A federal judge announced this week that on the first day of that convention he plans to convene an important hearing on a class-action lawsuit against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his Trump University real estate seminar program.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel issued an order Monday setting the July 18 hearing on a move by Trump’s lawyers to toss out the Cohen v. Trump case. The judge also plans to take up other motions, including one asking that the case be stripped of its class-action status.

I blogged about the Trump University court stuff yesterday. That link here.


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Please dear lord, let charges against Hillary be announced around the same time.

    Hillary Clinton is wide a target as big as Michelle Obama’s ass. The GOP needs to get on it.

    Trump, shmump: this is the GOP’s election to lose. (Though they do prefer Mrs. Scum to Donald Trump.)

No biggie.

He’ll make a yuuuge deal with the court, and the people who filed will be begging him to let them pay him.

There is no doubt that many did not receive the education they expected, but these are all private profit schools. I would venture to say that is also just as true for most people in many of our non-profit so called institutes of higher learning. What education that does take place could be better called indoctrination in micro agressions, homosexuality, fake racism, the glorification of baby killing and fascist feminism. The only lesson they learn is debts must be repaid but they seek political relief for that rather than punish the diploma mills.

    Milhouse in reply to dunce1239. | April 27, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Stop pretending this is about a genuine educational institution delivering a substandard service. This was outright fraud. Donald Trump personally and explicitly promised these people something he knew the fake “university” was not even attempting to provide.

      RodFC in reply to Milhouse. | April 28, 2016 at 1:02 am

      You know you are absolutely right. Of what I’ve heard none of the students claim they didn’t learn anything. Just that what they learned wasn’t worth the money.

      OTOH there are lots of people who attend “genuine” universities who learn nothing and pay several times more money.

      No comparison at all.

ugottabekiddinme | April 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

Gee, I wonder why the judge picked that particular day?

Oh, he was appointed by Obama. Gosh, imagine that.

I would not be surprised if he turned this to his advantage.

All we have heard so far are allegations by one side. It surely sounds bad at the moment, but so did several other cases in recent memory. For example, there was the Trayvon Martin case, the Michael Brown case, the Freddie Gray case …. all of which featured a rush to judgment based on narratives that were ultimately unsupported by the facts.

I also recall that I have seen a businessman on the stand before, where a plaintiff’s attorney had widely advertised that he was going to eviscerate him on the stand. The man came across as a straight shooter, and cross examination did not so much as touch his credibility.

So, the only thing I actually know about this case at the moment is that the judge is having far too much fun with it.

    The difference between the Trump University malfeasance and the Trayvon Martin case is evident in exactly how Sundance over at Conservative Treehouse treats them differently. The Trayvon Martin tale was turned inside out and the evidence was researched, discussed and analyzed to show George Zimmerman to be innocent.

    As for Trump’s innocence in the illegal real estate sales school, that is a non-issue to the leading arm of the Trump Hive Mind. If it is about Trump and it is negative – attack, but otherwise never ever question Trump’s innocence, veracity or motive. If the news is particularly dicey, for goodness sakes, don’t even mention the issue. Put the spin in motion and keep the Hive happy.

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to Valerie. | April 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I’m not a lawyer. I don’t know what constitutes fraud in a legal sense.

    The facts are that Trump appeared in a television commercial promoting his phony university by saying “we are going to have professors and adjunct professors that are absolutely terrific. . . and these are all people who are going to be handpicked by me.”

    However, when Trump was asked during a deposition, “Did you do anything personally to confirm the expertise of any of the Trump University mentors?” Trump replied, “No, I didn’t.”

    In an earlier deposition he was asked a series of questions about who had the title of “professor or adjunct professor”. After laying the foundation Trump was asked directly:

    Q: Were all the instructors at Trump University either a professor or an adjunct professor?
    A: I would rather have you ask Mr. Sexton. He ran the school.
    Q: So you personally don’t know?
    A: No, I don’t know that.

    He’s clearly caught in a bunch of his many lies. Is it fraud? Is it material? I don’t know. The victims are saying they “enrolled” because they relied on Trump’s promise that they would receive instruction from “professors and adjunct professors” “handpicked” by him. He admits under oath that he doesn’t know what qualifies them to be “professors and adjunct professors” and that he had no involvement in hiring any of them.

    He also had to admit under oath that he once wrote on a blog post saying he believed Hillary Clinton would make a great president or vice president. Which is not news because everybody knows he financed her campaigns. But it is sorta funny that he is asking people to vote for him to defeat a woman who he himself once said would make a great president.

    This buffoon is a train wreck inside a dumpster fire.

conservative tarheel | April 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm

can I have the pop corn and frozen chocolate concession?
please please please ….

Probably playing out just as Trump expected. If he thought this was a problem it would have been settled. Watch as he turns the “lemon into lemon aid”. Probably a future speech on Judicial Corruption in the works. At the same time rip the Legal profession a new one for good measure …

Trooper York | April 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

It is pretty easy to make lawyers into bad guys.

It is a lay up. He can take it to the ring. So to speak.

(If you are Canadian, they only know hockey)

Just preliminary motion hearings that are attended by the lawyers only. No witnesses, no testimony, and clients not even present.

A big nothing burger as to the date.

Wow. Is it possible for people to gin up MORE sympathy for Trump? So, a judge sets a court date for a lawsuit involving a Presidential candidate on what is possibly the most important day in the entire election cycle, for that candidate. A court date which may, but probably won’t, require the candidate’s appearance in court? Can someone play any more strongly into the current “everybody in a position of power wants to stop me from becoming President” mantra? You can’t BUY political advertising like this.

I am buying more stock in booze companies.

Anyone in Trump’s position has probably weathered more lawsuits than most of us have had hot dinners.

He may even get a little précis before breakfast telling him how many suits were filed against him the day before, and another around lunchtime telling him how many his lawyers have squashed.

I can’t see him breaking much of a sweat over Trump U.

Now this is just unfair:

“I’M STEALING BACK THE NOMINATION THAT WAS STOLEN FROM ME FIRST!11!!! It’s MINE! MIIIINNNEE!!!!” Trump hollers from the window, hair piece blowing in the wind.

I thought we’d already been shown that’s his real hair? He’s not Clairol model… but it’s real.

If he had any sense he’d be sweating over this one. This one involves his personal participation in an ouright fraud. He recorded advertising pitches for this fake university, promising things he knew it didn’t even try to deliver.

Off topic.
Interesting viewing if they haven’t fixed it yet.

Oy vey.

Another pathetic hit piece on Trump.. Is that what is expected of all the bloggers on LI to maintain their status?

So sad 🙁 Shame on you Prof Jacobson 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

buckeyeminuteman | April 28, 2016 at 7:43 am

I agree that this fraud needs to be investigated. I also agree this judge is turning this into a big political circus.

    Ragspierre in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | April 28, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I guess you have every right to suspect something, but these motions, as I read the story, are both DEFENSE motions, and have to be dealt with pre-trial.

    Federal District Court judges just don’t concern themselves with political matters this far removed from a case, in my experience. They are MUCH more concerned with moving stuff on their docket. They simply ask their clerk what the next open date is on their calendar, and that’s coordinated with both sides to assure everyone is good on that date. There’s nothing to suggest any of T-rump’s lawyers had a problem.

    I doubt anyone in that courtroom ever had a thought about it coinciding with the convention. If someone can show me different, I’m certainly open to the notion.

    The “big political circus”, the never-ending circus McTrumpus, was started at Trump U. by DJ Trump, ringmaster of ceremonies.

Excellent illustration for your byline. Never change.

Fannie, Freddie, and the whole underperforming academic system are next. Well, at least some were voluntary and at the consumers’ discretion.