One of the slogans president-elect Donald Trump used to incite his rally crowds was “lock her up,” but it was Trump who was being investigated for criminal activity. Not only is there evidence of illegal business acts coming out the wazoo, but he will be going to court on Trump University fraud charges on November 28th, and will soon see his day in court on charges of child rape and sexual assault.
Needless to say, Trump had no business calling for the arrest of anyone. In fact, his comments on the criminality of Hillary Clinton was just laughable.
Judge Curiel: Delay denied. Trump University trial will start as scheduled, November 28, 2016. Period. https://t.co/smi2pGmWp4
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) September 16, 2016
Christopher Peterson is a law professor who claims to have “ample evidence” to impeach the president-elect. According to Peterson’s analysis:
“In the final weeks of the 2016 Presidential campaign Donald J. Trump faces three lawsuits accusing him of fraud and racketeering. These ongoing cases focus on a series of wealth seminars called “Trump University” which collected over $40 million from consumers seeking to learn Trump’s real estate investing strategies. Although these consumer protection cases are civil proceedings, the underlying legal elements in several counts that plaintiffs seek to prove run parallel to the legal elements of serious crimes under both state and federal law. This essay provides a legal analysis of whether Trump’s alleged behavior would, if proven, rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the presidential impeachment clause of the United States Constitution. This essay begins with a summary of the evidence assembled in the three pending Trump University civil lawsuits. Next, it describes the legal claims involved in each matter. Then, this essay summarizes the applicable law of presidential impeachment under the United States Constitution and analyzes whether Trump’s actions in connection with Trump University are impeachable offenses. Finally, I offer concluding thoughts, considering in particular the policy implications of a major presidential campaign with simultaneously pending legal complaints of fraud and racketeering.”
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) June 21, 2016
According to Peterson, Trump could continue seeing lawsuits regarding Trump University, despite its being closed since 2010. This is why:
“In the United States, it is illegal for businesses to use false statements to convince consumers to purchase their services,” explained Peterson. “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.”
As reported by KUTV, “Peterson also said Congress can push for an impeachment in civil cases — the president doesn’t need to be criminally convicted — and that it can consider crimes committed before the candidate was elected to office. The Trump University legal battle could become a talking point during the highly-anticipated debate between Hilllary Clinton and Trump on Monday.”
There may be a glimmer of hope yet, America.