Donald Trump escalated his attacks on the federal judge presiding over civil fraud lawsuits against Trump University.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s assignment to the case represents “an absolute conflict” because he is “of Mexican heritage”, The Guardian reported.
The presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee is facing three class action lawsuits against Trump University over allegations of fraud. Trump denies all the charges and has vowed to fight them in court.
Trump in a speech in San Diego last week attacked Curiel as “a hater of Donald Trump” and “a total disgrace”.
In that speech Trump declared “They ought to look into Judge Curiel because what Judge he is doing is a total disgrace.” Trump also asserted that the Indiana-born Curiel “happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great”, reported the British daily.
Curiel was born in Indiana, to parents who came from Mexico.
On his proposed 2,000-mile wall along the US-Mexico border he said that he is buliding a wall to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering USA.
Trump is facing a lot of criticism from legal observers for his comments. The observers said the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee’s comments are an unusual insult on an independent judiciary.
Soon after Trump’s comments, the candidate himself was implicated in questions of official impartiality on the Trump University case.
A report published by Associated Press revealed that theTrump donated tens of thousands of dollars to attorney generals who declined to pursue fraud charges against the now defunct organisation.
Trump donated $35,000 to the successful gubernatorial campaign of then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, after Abbott’s office dropped a 2010 investigation into Trump University’s “possibly deceptive business practices”.
Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, who endorsed Trump the day before the crucial primary in that state, reportedly declined to join New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman’s multi-state fraud suit against the organisation after the Donald J Trump Foundation made a $25,000 contribution to a political action committee supporting her re-election campaign.