August 26th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
11 months ago

Trump defends his school, prosecutor calls it 'a scam'

New York (CNNMoney) - Donald Trump's real estate school is under attack by New York's top prosecutor, and both sides took to the airwaves Monday to elaborate on the upcoming legal battle.

During separate interviews on CNN's "New Day," New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the school a "bait-and-switch scheme," and Trump accused the prosecutor of actions akin to extortion.

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  1. Data Driven

    There are countless for-profit "colleges" without accreditation operating all over the country, but their grifts tend to be more subtle. They also tend to be cheaper, thusly avoiding the attention of eager district attorneys. Wow.
    , Trump's not all that bright, is he?

    August 26, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A free seminar leads to a $1495 weekend, leads to a $35,000 course, sure sounds like a Bernie Madoff scam. Donald is such a devious huckster and snake oil salesman.

    August 26, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Winston Smith

    Well that's a stretch. Imagine what he's be like if he'd not defended his school. He could have set a president of telling the truth, and everyone knows that would have been a complete disaster. His entire house of cards could have tumbled to the ground, and no one would have cared except him.

    August 26, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Of course it's a scam, just like Trump the chump himself. So Mr. Birther in chief....why so quiet about Ted Cruz?? And what happened to your big reveal prior to the election??

    We're waiting......

    August 26, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The NY AG has been several for-profit groups that refer to themselves as "academic institutions", the largest of which has Trump's name on it. These institutions will typically have no recognized academic accreditation.

    In the case of "Trump University", you do not attend classes. You attend seminiars, each of which encourages you to attend other seminars. Many attendees attest that their seminars were informative, while others feel that they were misled as to the rewards and benefits of enrolling in a seminar. Trump's biggest problem, and likely to central to the AG's case, are the guaranteed benefits that they advertise in writing.

    August 26, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    What does Trump have to offer in terms of insights and knowledge, besides how to decalre bankruptcy and how to cheat unsuccessfully on your wife/wives? Nothing. He produces nothing of value.

    August 26, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Nationundergod – Seek help!

    August 26, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Donald will take his case to Fox Foreign Owned Media, where it will be determined that he is above the law.

    August 26, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Sniffit

    How to make lots of money, lesson one:

    Throw your conscience out the window.

    August 26, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. tea party days are numbered

    trump sees nothing wrong with the operation, this is normal operating procedure from rightwing, big money, big ego ,out of touch ,better than you ,above the law hypocrits

    August 26, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. ST

    Donald Trump might have defended his school, BUT that is not what is supposed to be done now. If there is dispute between two different parties, it is only the court which clears out everything. Trump coming on the air and trying to clear up the differences, doesn't help anyone at all. Donald, get prepared to go to the Court. That is the only place which you might be held or may be thrown to somewhere , where those who break laws belong.

    August 26, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The Almighty Dollar is The Donald's God.

    August 26, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Gurgy

    I think is time to tighten on this IT hiring–it the biggest scam in USA now. Bunch of Foreigners in H1-B visas abusing the system–send them home.

    August 26, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Does the school provide people with an industry-recognized certification? If not, its just another scam.

    August 26, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    We can see the politics behind this, very CLEARLY!

    August 26, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Italmn

    Finally.............. SO GLAD !!!!!!!

    August 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Rick – I hate to break this to you, but, Trump is a political non entity.

    August 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. lolo

    Karma does not play. Now what is the old Donald to do? File bankruptcy since he does know how to do that well. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People had to be crazy to even think that this man could teach you about business. He inherited his money, filed bankruptcy about 10 times and the government bailed him out, cheats on all his wives. Get a grip people and stop listening to the BS coming from this fraud. And to think he wants to run for president.? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    Where are all of the RWNJ's defending Trump, whom he wouldn't spit on if they were on fire??

    August 26, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. just saying

    did anybody put a gun to these peoples' heads and force them to pay money??? as they say, a fool and his money are soon parted. and guarantees??? there are no guarantees for anything in life.

    August 26, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Tampa Tim

    Rick – I hate to break this to you, but, Trump is a political non entity.
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    So why is it in CNN's politics section? Get it outta here, put it in the entertainment section.

    August 26, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    Does the school provide people with an industry-recognized certification? If not, its just another scam.
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    Nope. Even the instructors are not accredited. I gather that you get to have a face-to-face and handshake with Trump himself, but according to witness accounts they don't even deliver on that. They promise this, but deliver that. It seems to be a classic bait and switch, which is highly illegal within the State of New York and prosecuted with vigor.

    August 26, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. truth hurts but reality bites

    Another Democrat using his political office to attack and harrass a political opponent. Democrats are making a habit of this lately. Will YOU be next?

    Only solution: Stop voting for leftist Democrats that use the power of government against their political adversaries. They are quickly turnin gthis country into the old Soviet Union.

    August 26, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Tampa Tim

    Fair – Trump is not even entertainment. Just a pathetic rich boy.

    August 26, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Trump is one reason why we need regulations.

    August 26, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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