Trump’s most hated court could bring the Trump U case back — and force him to testify under oath
President Donald Trump may not have put the Trump University fraud case to bed just yet.
Writing over at LawNewz, George Washington University Law School professor John Banzhaf explains that 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals — the same court that Trump has regularly slammed for ruling against his assorted travel bans — could bring the Trump University case roaring back if it rules in favor of plaintiff Sherri Simpson, who is claiming that she was unlawfully blocked from objecting to the original lawsuit’s $25 million settlement.
In her argument, Simpson says that she does not want to be bound by the terms of the settlement so that she can separately take Trump to court. Banzhaf also notes that she has received help in the form of amicus briefs filed by a dozen law professors backing up her case.
“This would ordinarily permit her to force Trump to testify under oath as part of her pre-trial discovery, and also demand that he produce relevant but still secret documents,” Banzhaf writes. “If she wins, Trump may be forced to face her attorneys in pre-trial discovery, because the U.S. Supreme Court has held that even sitting presidents are not immune from civil law suits.”