GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump got some very bad news on Tuesday when a New York judge ruled that a fraud case against the business mogul his former school for real estate investors will go to trial. This means that Trump may have to testify during the campaign season if he wins the nomination.
According to Fox News, the decision was made by New York County Supreme Court Judge Cynthia Kern during a hearing, but it is unclear whether the case will be weighed at a jury trial, which is what Trump’s team wants. Trump attorney Jeffrey Goldman told reporters the case could go to trial in the Fall and that Trump may be called to testify.
In the case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a proud Democrat, accuses Trump and his colleagues of misleading thousands of students at Trump University. Schneiderman alleges that the program was unlicensed ever since it began in 2005, and it promised lessons with real estate experts hand-picked by Trump. Instead, only one of the “experts” had ever met Trump. Shneiderman says the school used “bait-and-switch” tactics to get students to enroll in increasingly expensive seminars.
Before Trump University closed in 2010, Schneiderman sued both Trump and the school for $40 million. His lawsuit aims to get damages and restitutions for 5,000 students nationwide, including 600 New Yorkers, who paid up to $35,000 each.
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