Should Donald Trump be elected president in November, and should the charges of fraud and racketeering due to the lawsuit brought against him over Trump University lead to a conviction, Trump could be impeached before he’s even inaugurated, according to law professor, Christopher L. Peterson.
Peterson is a professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. In an academic paper published on Monday that Peterson wrote titled Trump University and Presidential Impeachment, Peterson stated that the charges Trump faces are quite serious.
‘In the United States, it is illegal for businesses to use false statements to convince consumers to purchase their services. The evidence indicates that Trump University used a systemic pattern of fraudulent representations to trick thousands of families into investing in a program that can be argued was a sham.
‘Fraud and racketeering are serious crimes that legally rise to the level of impeachable acts.’
Trump University was advertised as a series of seminars with Donald Trump and other wealthy businessmen who would teach students how to also become rich. As students were encouraged to pour more and more of their money into the university, they were promised that the next class, the next textbook, the next instructor would be the one where they learned all the “secrets” to becoming wealthy.
Documents entered into evidence show that staff were trained to play on their students’ emotions in order to bilk them out of money while many of those students drove themselves into financial ruin, maxing out credit cards and depleting their savings. They were promised experts hand-picked by the current GOP nominee who would teach them the “secret” to incredible wealth, but the instructors were not experts and were not selected by Trump.
Peterson explains that Trump’s actions carry some serious consequences.
‘Both fraud and racketeering are considered felonies under state and federal law. First-degree fraud is punishable by up to four years in prison in Trump’s home state of New York. Racketeering is punishable by up to 20 years in prison under federal law.’
So far, the Trump University scandal seems to have not had much of an effect on Donald Trump’s supporters. However, a conviction for fraud and racketeering, as well as a prison sentence, just might do it.
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