New York, NY, United States (4E) – Billionaire Donald Trump and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took potshots at each other Monday ahead of their court confrontation and battle over the former’s real estate school, which was sued by the latter for allegedly defrauding students.
Schneiderman labeled the Trump University as an “elaborate bait-and-switch scheme” in an interview with CNN’s “New Day.” He is the complainant in a $40 million lawsuit against the school, now named Trump Entrepreneur Initiative (TEI).
The prosecutor claimed that TEI conducts free seminar that lures students to enroll in a $1,495 workshop. The workshop then sells a $34,995 “Trump Elite” course.
In a separate interview in the same program, Trump, the respondent to the suit, accused Schneiderman of getting publicity at the expense of his popularity and said the attorney is out for revenge because he declined to donate to his campaign fund in the last election. He also labeled the lawsuit as a “mini IRS” scandal for being filed on a Saturday after Schneiderman met with President Barack Obama in Syracuse.
Schneiderman said he received dozens of complaints from former TEI students, so he filed the lawsuit. He also said the TEI is not a university and that it profited $5 million from the scheme.
As for the meeting with Obama, the lawyer said they discussed education reforms.
“The president and I had much more important stuff to talk about than Donald Trump,” Schneiderman said, according to CNN.
Trump told “New Day” by phone interview that TEI has 98 percent approval rating from students.
“We have a lot of happy students. They’ll be testifying,” Trump said, according to CNN.
Trump also said the lawsuit is a mini-IRS, referring to the recent scandal involving the agency for targeting right-wing political groups.