And down in Texas? That’s another ugly story, and not everyone involved is staying quiet.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton moved to muzzle a former state regulator who says he was ordered in 2010 to drop a fraud investigation into Trump University for political reasons.
Paxton's office issued a cease and desist letter to former Deputy Chief of Consumer Protection John Owens after he made public copies of a 14-page internal summary of the state's case against Donald Trump for scamming millions from students of his now-defunct real estate seminar.
After the Texas case was dropped, Trump cut a fat check to the gubernatorial campaign of then attorney general, now Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
According to the documents provided by Owens, his team sought to sue Trump, his company and several business associates to help recover more than $2.6 million students spent on seminars and materials, plus another $2.8 million in penalties and fees.
That Texas case included charges of false advertising and was considered a very strong case by those involved. But then the $5.4 million settlement was allowed to drop, and a $35,000 check for Abbott’s campaign arrived—a neat bargain on Trump’s part.
Far from serving as examples of how he did nothing wrong with Trump University, the story of what happened with the cases in both Florida and Texas is an example of how Trump did something even more wrong. This isn’t just an example of Trump’s crudeness or ignorance. It’s bribery. It’s a crime.
This should be career-ending for both Bondi and Abbott, if not freedom-ending. That “high crimes” part of high crimes and misdemeanors? This is the very definition of that phrase.
And current Texas AG Ken Paxton who is working to keep this out of the news? The only thing he learned from this is how to do it again.
Paxton faces his own legal trouble. He was indicted last year on three felony fraud charges alleging that he persuaded people to invest in a North Texas tech startup while failing to disclose that he hadn't invested himself but was being paid by the company in stock. Paxton has remained in office while appealing the charges.