In a new video for a super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton, a former official with the consumer protection division of the state attorney general's office outlined his team's multimillion dollar fraud case against Trump University, which he alleges was "punted" for political reasons when it reached the highest levels of the Texas Attorney General's Office under now-Gov. Greg Abbott.
In the video, John Owens doubles down on comments he made to reporters this summer, saying that a seven month investigation by his office in 2009 determined that Trump U was "violating the law in so many ways." Owens says his division recommended that the state file a lawsuit against Trump U for engaging in "false, misleading and deceptive practices and acts" and even recommended that the state hold Donald Trump personally liable for duping Texas consumers, saying Trump approved the marketing and course materials and even filmed video ads asking people to join the get-rich-quick scheme.
"The entire consumer protection division of the Texas Attorney General's Office recommended to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that this suit be filed," Owens says in the new video. "And they punted, they took a pass. There’s no question that the top echelon, the top people, Greg Abbott on down, basically declined to take action against Trump University or Donald Trump.” Owens says that at the time, his office never had any problem getting the AG's office to take action against similarly situated real estate scams. "When we sent up the Donald Trump case, we didn't get approval," he says in the video. "It was politics."
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