University of Utah finds legal case to impeach Donald Trump
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(KUTV) Researchers at the University of Utah said on Monday Nov. 7, there's a strong case to impeach Donald Trump, should he be elected as president.
Law professor Christopher Peterson said he found ample evidence to charge the Republican candidate with fraud and racketeering, both of which are considered felonies within state and federal law.
In his analysis “Trump University and Presidential Impeachment,” Peterson looked at Trump University, where students spent close to $30,000 to learn about practicing real estate. The for-profit college advertised curriculum and instructors chosen by Trump that promised students a high-caliber and selective experience.
But Trump University, according to Peterson, was unaccredited and taught students get-rich-quick schemes. The school closed in 2010 but still faces numerous lawsuits that could cast a shadow over his presidency, Peterson said.
“In the United States, it is illegal for businesses to use false statements to convince consumers to purchase their services,” explained Peterson. “The evidence indicates that Trump University used a systemic pattern of fraudulent representations to trick thousands of families into investing in a program that can be argued was a sham. Fraud and racketeering are serious crimes that legally rise to the level of impeachable acts.”
Peterson also said Congress can push for an impeachment in civil cases, meaning the president doesn't need to be criminally convicted.
The Trump University legal battle could become a talking point during the highly-anticipated debate between Hilllary Clinton and Trump on Monday.