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Donald Trump has pledged to reopen Trump University after he wins the cases surrounding it in court.
“After the litigation is disposed of and the case won, I have instructed my execs to open Trump U(?), so much interest in it! I will be pres,” he tweeted on Thursday.
The comments came shortly after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman slammed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his namesake program of investing courses on “Good Morning America,” ABC News reported.
“We have laws against running an illegal, unlicensed university. This never was a university,” Schneiderman said before continuing to knock the business.
“The fraud started with the name of the organization,” he said. “It really was a fraud from beginning to end.”
Schneiderman is pursuing a civil lawsuit, filed in 2013, against Trump University that claims Trump defrauded thousands of students with worthless classes on real estate and investing and lacked the proper licensing.
Hundreds of pages of internal documents were released Tuesday in connection to an ongoing fraud lawsuit against Trump University, which changed its name in 2010 and had shut down by 2011.
The documents include sales and marketing “playbooks” from 2007 through 2010 that have drawn scrutiny for encouraging employees to mislead prospective clients about pricing, among other practices.
In response to the document release, Trump released a three-minute video on Wednesday featuring former Trump University students voicing support for the program.
“The courses that I took were outstanding,” Kent Moyer, the founder of World Protection Group, says in the video.
Schneiderman was unmoved by the video.
“The fact that they can find a few people to put on TV – it’s not a defense in the court of law,” he said.
Trump and his lawyers, however, have continually defended the business, citing stellar student reviews. Some students, however, may have been pressured into writing them, according to The New York Times.
Schneiderman has repeatedly hit back at Trump over the past week. On Tuesday he told Politico:
If you look at the facts of this case, this shows someone who was absolutely shameless in his willingness to lie to people, to say whatever it took to induce them into his phony seminars. It was shameless. It was heartless. It’s important information to get out there.
Trump remains enmeshed in multiple lawsuits filed by former students of Trump University and faces the third fraud suit from Schneiderman, which most likely won’t go to trial until after the November election.