Even though Donald Trump has won the U.S. election, he still faces fraud charges in court — and that court date is coming up very soon. So soon, in fact, that the Electoral College will not have even met to finalize the election.
It will likely toss a cold bucket of water over the delirium ruling the Trump tower gang, but our new president-elect/defendant has said that one of his first priorities in office would be to “restore security and the constitutional rule of law,” so it’s only fair that he plays along nicely with the rest of us.
According to Fortune magazine, Trump currently faces a scheduled trial on Nov. 28 in San Diego, in a class-action lawsuit against him and Trump University. He will be required to appear and give testimony.
The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of former customers of Trump “University,” an unaccredited seminar program that claimed to teach students the secrets of real estate investment. The program pressured its marks into paying up to $35,000 for special programs.
The lawsuit charges Trump and his “University” for RICO violations (violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act). Part of the lawsuit also includes testimony that the New York State Education Department issuing Trump with a warning for illegally calling his unlicensed program a “university,” an act that caused the president-elect/defendant to shuffle his dodgy operations into Delaware while still operating in New York.
This is only one of the lawsuits currently underway against the former real estate mogul. There are currently two “Trump University” lawsuits, with the Nov. 28 trial hearing complaints from citizens in California, Florida, and New York, and addressing claims that Trump defrauded the elderly. The other case is national in scope and involves federal racketeering charges.
One of the more bizarre requests by the Donald Trump legal defense team is that any evidence against Donald Trump tied to his campaign for the presidency be dismissed as evidence in the fraud case, as it could prejudice a jury. Apparently Trump’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, feels that it would be unfair for the sitting jury to consider the racist, crude, sexist, and otherwise inflammatory and offensive statements that Donald Trump has made during his scorched-earth campaign when deciding whether or not the president-elect did or did not bilk gullible citizens out of their life savings.
Even more interestingly, this is the case where Trump claimed he would not receive a fair trial because U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel is of Mexican decent.
It’s unknown whether or not these lawsuits will affect the outcome when the Electoral College casts their definitive votes on Dec. 19, formally electing the 45th president of the United States. This is a civil trial, rather than a criminal trial, and the president-elect/defendant isn’t facing any time in prison. However, the Supreme Court did rule that a U.S. president is not immune from litigation over actions taken before entering office when former President Bill Clinton was sued by Paula Jones for sexual harassment in 1997, according to POLITICO.
Roger Parloff, senior editor for Fortune magazine, gives a great one-minute briefing on the charges facing the president-elect/defendant at the end of this month.
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