Trump Brands NY Prosecutor 'A Total Sleazebag'
Donald Trump has attacked New York's attorney general as "a total sleazebag" after he announced he was lodging a lawsuit againt the real estate billionaire's university.
The lawsuit filed by Eric Schneiderman, New York's top prosecutor, alleges Mr Trump set up a phony university in 2005 that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars.
But the Apprentice star took to Twitter and television to brand the lawsuit "pathetic".
"This is a political hack looking to get publicity," he said.
"We have a terrific school. It's done a fantastic job," he told ABC's Good Morning America.
"We have a 98% approval rating among students."
Students signed up for a $1,495 (£959) three-day seminar during which they were promised they would learn everything they needed to know to become successful real estate investors.
However, Mr Schneiderman claims these promises the seminars were used to pitch them an expensive Trump Elite mentoring programme costing $10,000 (£6,418) to $35,000 (£22,500).
Many of the students who took the course had been unable to conclude even a single real estate deal, the attorney general said.
He also alleged that most student never even met Mr Trump, simply having their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of the mogul.
But Trump said: "I was totally involved to a very high degree.
"I told people what to do, and if they had listened to me, it would have made a lot of money".
Mr Trump's lawyer said Mr Schneiderman was upset his client had not given the attorney general more campaign contributions, which he claims Mr Schneiderman sought even while investigating Trump University.
The attorney general's office replied in a statement: "Prosecutors are all used to persons who commit fraud making wild accusations when they're caught.
"This is just an effort to distract from the substance of the case," it said.
"The substance of the case, he has not rebutted in any way shape or form."