Hearings on Trump U alleged fraud to bookend Republican Convention
Donald Trump will accept his party’s nomination for president against the backdrop of allegations of fraud in the name of Trump University.
On the first day of the Republican National Convention, as well as the day after Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel is set to hold hearings in the two class-action lawsuits alleging that Donald Trump and Trump University committed consumer fraud and other corrupt practices.
Curiel — whose ability to be unbiased Trump has questioned because of the judge’s “Mexican heritage” and membership in a Latino bar association — is holding a pair of hearings in the cases scheduled for the week of the Republican National Convention.
On July 18, Curiel is scheduled to be holding a hearing over several motions brought by Trump’s lawyers in the case accusing him personally of having violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO. Specifically, the Cohen v. Trump lawsuit alleges that Trump “committed or aided and abetted the commission of at least two acts of racketeering activity” — mail fraud and wire fraud — in conjunction with his creation of Trump University.