In 2010, the state of Texas nearly held Donald Trump accountable for his “university” scam that shamelessly deployed predatory sales tactics to take advantage of seniors, veterans, and hardworking Americans of all backgrounds.
The Texas Attorney General office’s Consumer Protection Division compiled a $5.4 million case against Trump University. The case the state put together (the documents are available here) is damning and exposes Trump U as a full-on scam that promoted “legally and ethically questionable real estate investment strategies.” But somehow, the division’s formal requests to sue Trump and Trump U were denied.
According to the Dallas Morning News, John Owens, then deputy director of the Consumer Proection Division, “the decision not to sue [Trump] was political.” In fact, Owens alleges that then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened on Trump’s behalf.
Curiously, within the next several years after the Texas AG office dropped the inquiry, now-Governor Abbott “received $35,000 in donations” from none other than Donald J. Trump.