Donald Trump Asks To Delay Trump University Fraud Case Hearing Because He's A 'Political Novice'By Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
President-elect Donald Trump and his lawyers have requested for the postponement of the hearing of his fraud case. Apparently, he is citing the excuse of being a "political novice" and the challenges he will face during the transition to the White House.
Quartz reported that Donald Trump is facing two different federal lawsuits for Trump University. The for-profit learning enterprise is accused of deceiving students who were eager to learn his real estate secrets.
They were asked to pay $1,500 for weekend seminars and as much as $35,000 for mentorship programs. The students admitted that they did not profit from the course. The trial was set to start in 15 days.
Back in summer, Donald Trump was able to successfully request that the trial and his testimony be postponed until the election has finished. Now, as he emerged victorious, his lawyers argued that he is too busy to prepare for the trial.
They are also requesting that it should be postponed until after he has taken office and that the president-elect be allowed to submit his testimony through videos instead of in person. "The 69 days until inauguration are critical and all-consuming," they wrote.
Trump's attorneys also cited a Congressional statute noting that a disrupted transition could be "detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States." According to POLITICO, the motion was filed in federal court in San Diego last Saturday evening.
"The President-Elect should not be required to stand trial during the next two months while he prepares to assume the Presidency," Daniel Petrocelli, David Marroso and David Kirman, Trump's attorneys, wrote. "We acknowledge plaintiffs have a right to trial of their claims, but their rights will not be abridged if trial were continued to a date after the inauguration to allow the President-Elect to devote all his time and attention to the transition process."
The motion also cited several news and academic articles about the work that is set out for Donald Trump. One is from POLITICO noting that he is "preparing for the vast challenges a political novice will face in assuming the presidency."