Trump swipe at A.G.‘s ’shameless' tweeting
Donald Trump has filed a 228-page complaint against Eric Schneiderman, scolding the attorney general for his office’s “shameless” use of Twitter.
In the document, Trump, who is currently talking himself up as a candidate for governor, takes umbrage with Schneiderman’s “shameless” deployment of Twitter to promote a lawsuit his office filed in August this year against Trump University, a Trump Organization affiliate.
Schneiderman was “using social media to recklessly influence his followers,” the complaint alleges.
Trump is himself a prolific and famously trollish tweeter.
The Twitter grievance against the attorney general is one of many the filing details in its hundreds of pages. The complaint also alleges Schneiderman leaked news of the Trump University lawsuit to producers at "Good Morning America" and New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro, who contacted Trump for comment minutes after Trump had received notice of a subpoena.
“The lawsuit is nothing but a shakedown of a politically attractive target,” the complaint says.
A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office denied the merit of the complaint. “Donald Trump and his associates will say and do anything to avoid talking about the facts in this case,” said spokesman Matt Mittenthal, in an email.
“Mr. Trump’s outlandish conspiracy theories and outright distortions will not distract Attorney General Schneiderman from pursuing justice for the students victimized by Mr. Trump and his scam university,” he said.
A source close to the attorney general’s office noted that Schneiderman had not solicited any donations from Trump since he took office in 2011, and also noted that neither Ivanka Trump nor her husband are affiliated with Trump University, the Trump Org affiliate that is the target of the state’s lawsuit. Any donors who give to the attorney general’s campaign account are also required to sign disclosure forms certifying they are not the target of any active investigation by the office.
The complaint also details some half-dozen interactions between Schneiderman, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, and other Trump organization employees.
For example, Schneiderman’s transition committee team worked with Ivanka and Kushner, both referred to as “successful” at separate points in the complaint, to set up a June 2011 “meet and greet” breakfast at midtown restaurant Jean Georges. After the breakfast, the AG penned a personal thank-you note that read,
“Jared and Ivanka, much thanks for the great breakfast. I love meeting new people and that was a great group. Good luck with your next big adventure. It is much more important than any of the rest of the stuff we deal with! - Eric.”
Then there was the dinner at SoHo restaurant Lure Fishbar, a mid-price restaurant, where Kushner and Trump were, in addition to billionaire Marc Lasry, Schneiderman’s only guests, the complaint alleges.
At times, the complaint seemed to portray Schneiderman in an ambiguous embrace of his own office. At a June 2012 wedding at Cipriani in downtown Manhattan, Schneiderman spoke to Ivanka Trump about his “highly bureaucratic” office and described the Trump lawsuit as “going through the motions,” according to the complaint.
Over drinks at the Four Seasons bar in October 2012, the attorney general spoke to Jared Kushner and Ivanka about a “lack of leadership from government leaders” and his aspirations for higher office, the complaint read. In April 2013, Schneiderman and a campaign consultant spoke with a Trump employee named Michael Cohen about whether he could help procure Jets and Giants football players as talent for the AG’s fundraisers, to “breathe life into mundane political fundraising events.”
Read the complaint here: