Donald Trump has previously detailed his willingness to bribe influential people as a means of advancing his personal business interests.
Trump once said, regarding his past praise of Hillary Clinton:
‘As a businessman and a very substantial donor to very important people, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do. As a businessman, I need that.’
Apparently if you’re Donald Trump, that philosophy also works when you’ve gotten yourself into rather deep legal trouble.
The media has been buzzing this week over allegations that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme set up by Donald Trump in order to make a quick buck.
The Attorney General of the State of New York Eric Schneiderman launched a lawsuit against Trump University back in 2013, which is still pending today. Schneiderman is determined to see the suit through, hellbent on holding the presumptive GOP candidate accountable for his actions. Scheiderman spoke to CNN detailing the lawsuit and the alleged fraud that ensued, and he told MSNBC during an interview on Thursday:
‘It’s fraud… straight-up fraud.’
‘He was clearly in charge of pitching this scam university to people.’
Watch the CNN interview below:
— Alexis Keenan (@alexiskweed) May 31, 2016
However, there may be one possible solution for The Donald if he wants to stop Schneiderman.
The Associated Press investigated the fraud allegations involving Trump University and two other state attorney generals who were considering taking Trump to court over it.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi considered joining Schneiderman’s efforts and pursuing a multi-state lawsuit against Trump University; however, that didn’t end up happening.
Just three days after Bondi’s spokeswoman told local media that her office had been reviewing the lawsuit, the Donald J. Trump foundation made a $25,000 donation in support of Bondi’s re-election campaign. Shortly after, Bondi dropped her investigation on the grounds of lack of funds to proceed.
Former Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, also a Republican, investigated Trump University’s “possibly deceptive trade practices,” but the investigation was later dropped in 2010 after Trump University pulled the plug on its operations in Texas. Following that, however, Trump donated $35,000 to Abbott’s campaign during his run for Governor of Texas.
Clearly, Trump was able to buy his way out of two suits. The only question is, will he be able to do the same with Schneiderman?