Donald Trump has gotten a lot of flak, even from members of his own party, for calling into question the class-action lawsuit against Trump University in New York.
According to CNN, Trump has, in particular
, called out U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel for having an "inherent conflict of interest," noting that he is the son of immigrants and likely opposes a border wall.
But it seems the presumptive GOP nominee may have good reasons — lots of them — to be suspicious of the motives of those pushing this case.
Here are just 10 reasons the case and the players involved in it are politically motivated against Trump.
1. The politician spearheading the suit is campaigning off it
— The New York Post reported on Thursday
that "a day after attacking Donald Trump on national TV, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman moved to score political points off a pending case involving the presumptive GOP presidential nominee." Schneiderman is reported to have sent an email blast to supporters of his re-election campaign saying the "allegations" against Trump University are "clear."
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2. The law firm that brought the suit is a Clinton donor
— According to Liberty News Now, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
"has paid the Clintons a total of $675,000 in speaking fees over the last eight years. Almost a quarter of a million dollars for a couple of speeches and Hillary just spoke there a year and a half ago for $225,000."
3. The Robbins law firm donated to Schneiderman
— "Eric Schneiderman got a $15,000 campaign contribution in 2010 from two lawyers in a law firm named . . . Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. They being one of the firms Judge Curiel would assign to the Trump University class-action cases," Spectator.org reported
4. Schneiderman reportedly solicited Trump for campaign donations
— As Spectator.org reported in 2013
, Trump filed a 150-page response to the lawsuit in New York. The filing stated that Schneiderman's campaign "repeatedly solicited campaign contributions and sought other favors from members of the Trump family and its representatives during the pendency of the two-year investigation."
5. The second law firm bringing the suit is headed by a Clinton donor
— Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck LLP, appointed as additional class counsel to the plaintiffs, is headed by a senior partner who has donated to Barack Obama multiple times, as well as the liberal group MoveOn.org, Spectator.org points out
. MoveOn.org was founded in 1998 in defense of Bill Clinton following his impeachment.
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6. Judge Gonzalo Curiel is a member of La Raza
— "Curiel is, reportedly, a member of a group called La Raza Lawyers of San Diego," Alberto R. Gonzales, White House counsel and U.S. attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, wrote in the Chicago Tribune
7. Judge Gonzalo Curiel is an Obama appointee
— U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel was appointed by President Barack Obama, New York magazine reported
. Obama has repeatedly lobbed insults at Donald Trump, and it's hard to say Curiel won't be taking any cues from the man who helped get him to the high bench.
8. Judge Gonzalo Curiel is a Democratic donor
— Spectator.org pointed out that Curiel
is a campaign contributor to House Democratic Conference Chairman Xavier Becerra. Curiel is likely a down-the-line Democratic supporter and, as such, would have interest in hobbling the presumptive Republican nominee.
9. Judge Gonzalo Curiel is the son of immigrants
— "The future federal judge was born in East Chicago, Indiana, in 1953. His parents, both immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico, were naturalized citizens," CNN reported
. As someone whose family benefited from immigration, Curiel is likely in opposition to Trump's plan to get it under control — possibly with a border wall.
10. These allegations arise many years after students left Trump U
— After giving Trump U positive ratings in their exit papers — and being offered a liberal refund policy — Trump U students said nothing for years. That was until Trump became a vocal critic of Barack Obama and then a presidential candidate.
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