No matter how many attempts at sweet talking that President Donald Trump’s team wages, they’re still facing an increasing mountain of legal challenges. With barely a week to go until the midterms, the president and his most prominent adult children are facing a new lawsuit alleging a pattern of participating in scams that left struggling, poor Americans thousands and thousands of dollars poorer for little to no return.
The suit alleges behavior similar to that which Trump eventually paid $25 million to settle in connection to “Trump University.” In the case of that endeavor, Trump had individuals pay large sums of money to hear him talk with little to no verifiable gain on their part. It was a scam, although Trump settled without admitting wrongdoing.
In the case of what’s singled out by this newest suit, the president — and Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Jr. — are alleged to have deceptively helped push companies that in similar fashion to Trump University, targeted struggling individuals and took large sums of their money without giving them any verifiable return.
The companies include ACN, a telecommunications company that employs everyday people to act as its sales middlemen, and the Trump Network and the Trump Institute. The network marketed vitamins, and, in similar fashion to Trump University, the “institute” presented pricey seminars on the eventual president’s real estate “secrets.”
Well connected left leaning lawyers brought the suit on behalf of four presently anonymous individuals; they insist their identities should remain secret thanks to the (truly) harsh current political climate. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, for instance, who brought credible allegations of sexual assault against the eventually confirmed Trump U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, faced death threats to the point of staying away from her home for a time.
In the case of the new lawsuit, the stories at hand include one of “Jane Doe,” a California hospice worker who calls a promotional video featuring Trump as the “turning point” in the process of her decision to join up with ACN. She spent thousands and thousands of dollars — after viewing the video — but only ever garnered $38 from her connection with the company.
The Trump Organization has, of course, denied that it should be considered guilty of fraud. Company lawyer Alan Garten claimed the suit was little more than a political stunt, asserting:
‘This is clearly just another effort by opponents of the President to use the court system to advance a political agenda… Their motivations are as plain as day.’
The involved lawyers, though, assert that they’re simply trying to recoup losses for their clients, adding that they brought the case now “because it is ready now.”
The two firms Kaplan, Hecker & Fink and Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady are involved, with their costs paid for by the Tesseract Research Center, which is led by Democratic donor and Chairman Morris Pearl.
The legal team asserts:
‘This case connects the dots at the Trump Organization and involves systematic fraud that spanned more than a decade, involved multiple Trump businesses and caused tremendous harm to thousands of hardworking Americans.’
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