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Judge in Trump University case shoots down latest attempt to dismiss fraud lawsuit

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U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel told attorneys for GOP presidential nominee that he will allow a suit by one of the plaintiffs to go forward, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Curiel, whom Trump has repeatedly accused of  bias due to his Mexican heritage and despite the fact that he was born in Indiana, is allowing the case of lead plaintiff  Sonny Low to proceed on accusations of fraud.

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Low is part of a group of former students of Trump University who accused the businessman of running a scam operation and are seeking compensation under consumer-fraud and elder-abuse laws.

Trump University stands accused of persuading prospective students  to pay tens of thousands of dollars for real-estate seminars that were taught by unqualified instructors and were little more than “infomercials” for the New York developer.

Trump’s attorney’s sought to exclude Low from the group, stating that he indicated that he was not concerned that Trump University was not an accredited institution.

According to Curiel, Trump’s attorneys relied upon a “selective interpretation” of Low’s deposition, in which the former student said that accreditation “was not even a consideration for me,” in their motion to dismiss.

The judge told the attorneys that the former student believed that the school was legitimate based upon its association with Trump, with Low stating in his deposition: “Besides being a multi-billionaire in real estate, he set up Trump University, which I would presume that he took all the steps necessary to set up a proper institution that he could call a university, with his name next to it.”

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Trump has defended his university and has refused to settle with any of the plaintiffs, causing the lawsuit to dog him on the presidential campaign trail.

 

 

 


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BUSTED: Utah Republican took at least $135,000 in illegal campaign donations

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On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Burgess Owens, a former football player and Fox News commentator running for Congress in Utah, accepted at least $135,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

"Mr. Owens ... reported bringing in a staggering $2.5 million during the third quarter fund-raising period, one of the biggest hauls for a Republican congressional candidate. But a review of his campaign’s financial disclosures showed that at least $135,500 — about 40 percent of the cash his campaign currently has on hand in the final stretch — was ineligible because the donors had contributed more than the legal limit," reported Catie Edmondson. "Individuals may donate up to $2,800 to a federal candidate per election, according to limits published by the Federal Election Commission."

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Kris Kobach asks for allegedly fraudulent Bannon wall funds to be ‘unfrozen’ so he can get paid for his work promoting it

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On Tuesday, Law & Crime reported that former Kansas Secretary of State and longtime Trump ally Kris Kobach was rebuffed by federal prosecutors for trying to "inject" himself into the fraud case against former Trump campaign chairman and adviser Steve Bannon.

"Kobach ... is apparently looking to unfreeze We Build the Wall funds so he can get paid for the work he did," reported Matt Naham. "Kobach has attempted to do this [by] challenging a restraining order that 'intended to safeguard funds that will be subject to forfeiture following a conviction in this case[…].'"

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Trump takes his COVID-spreader show to Omaha — in search of a key electoral vote

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Donald Trump’s super-spreader campaign rallies generally don’t matter in the big picture of things. But there’s one happening this evening that’s a little different.

Trump will be taking over a ramp at 7:30 p.m. at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield. It is being billed as an outdoor event with “strong precautions” in place to prevent the spread of a pandemic disease that the main speaker will be telling his audience is fake news. And they’re hoping to draw 10,000 potential pandemic patients.

The reason Trump is in Omaha is the same one that President Barack Obama was there in 2008: a recognition that the Nebraska 2nd congressional district’s one electoral vote could literally decide the fate of the free world. Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that portion delegates in part by congressional districts.

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