Trump Caught on Hot Mic Explaining How He Pressured the Better Business Bureau to Upgrade Trump University’s Rating
A new recording has emerged of President Donald Trump explaining how he bullied the Better Business Bureau in order to get an improved grade for Trump University – a venture that ended up seeing Trump sued. The video was obtained by Mother Jones.
In the 2015 video, then candidate Trump can be heard discussing the BBB and Trump University, along with other topics, with his lawyer Daniel Petrocelli. The men were apparently unaware they were being recorded. Trump had given a deposition about Trump University but the recording continued after the deposition ended.
According to Mother Jones’ David Corn: “Trump boasted about how his company threatened the Better Business Bureau to change the D rating it had assigned Trump University to an A. He complained about the federal judge overseeing the suit, Gonzalo Curiel, elliptically talking about how to challenge him and referring to ‘the Spanish thing.'”
Trump was widely criticized for claiming Curiel was biased against him because of his Mexican heritage.
“Trump also griped that he had been sued personally in this case, and Petrocelli had to explain to Trump that he, not just Trump University itself, was in the legal crosshairs because Trump had been accused of making false statements to promote the venture,” Corn reports.
The President has been caught on hot mics before, most famously in the Access Hollywood case, though he has faced few consequences from his unguarded remarks.
Watch the video above, via Mother Jones/YouTube.