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Your politics briefing: Hillary says Trump U papers unmask ‘fraud’

Musician Jon Bon Jovi, left, and the state's

Musician Jon Bon Jovi, left, and the state's and Sen. Corey Booker, right, introduce Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally at Rutgers University in Newark on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. New Jersey's primary is June 7. Credit: EPA / Justin Lane

Clinton kicks Trump in the U

Hillary Clinton seized the opportunity from the unsealing of Trump University lawsuit documents to label the presumptive Republican nominee a “fraud” who is “trying to scam America.”

“Trump and his employees took advantage of vulnerable Americans, encouraging them to max out their credit cards, empty their retirement savings, destroy their financial futures, all while making promises they knew were false from the beginning,” Clinton told a rally in Newark, New Jersey, reports Newsday’s Laura Figueroa.

The Democratic front-runner and her press aides flooded Twitter with similar denunciations. They also retweeted past attacks over Trump’s business school venture from such Republicans as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney. Rubio wrote in February: “Trump University duped everyday Americans — and Donald Trump made millions off of it.”

Of course, Trump withstood the attacks during the GOP primaries and secured the nomination. It’s hard to know if Clinton’s attacks will have more impact.

What’s different is that it’s Trump himself who keeps reviving the issue, notably with a lengthy diatribe at a campaign rally last week against a federal judge in California presiding over one of the cases as “a hater of Donald Trump.”

That judge then made public the documents that provided new revelations from inside Trump U — including a former staffer who said he quit over “misleading, fraudulent and dishonest” practices that “preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”

The case is set to be tried in late November, after the election.

The take-away: The right enemies

If Trump appreciates the value of free media, he must know what a gift he’s giving to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Another of the suits alleging fraud by Trump University was filed by Schneiderman, and Newsday’s Dan Janison writes Trump’s rants have become the wind at Schneiderman’s back.

This day in polls

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll shows Clinton ahead of Bernie Sanders in California by just 2 points among likely voters — a virtual dead heat for Tuesday’s primary there.

Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac University national poll shows Clinton leading Trump by 45% to 41%, and wide gaps by gender and race.

Men choose Trump by 51% to 35%, while women prefer Clinton 54% to 30%. Among white voters, Trump is ahead 50% to 33%. Black voters side with Clinton 93% to 4%. For Hispanic voters, Clinton is the choice by 65% to 18%.

And in a poll of a different kind, Quinnipiac reveals findings Thursday that three of four surveyed don't believe Trump will build his wall and get Mexico to pay, while two out of three say they don't believe Clinton will even try to get secret money out of politics. 

Clinton email aide won’t testify

A former State Department IT specialist who worked on Clinton’s private email server plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment at a deposition next week.

Bryan Pagliano was subpoenaed by the conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch for its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Pagliano is cooperating with an FBI investigation after reaching an immunity deal.

Hits from the ’90s

From reading California Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement of Clinton, you wouldn’t know how the insults used to fly between him and the power couple from Arkansas. Newsday’s William Goldschlag revisits the old feud here.

Presidential, redefined

When Trump was asked if his White House news conferences would be as confrontational as his session at Trump Tower Tuesday, he replied that yes, “It is going to be like this.”

Presidential scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson tells Newsday’s Tom Brune she believes it. While presidents can be vindictive in private — listen to the Nixon tapes — Jamieson said she could think of no other presidential candidate in U.S. history who behaved that way so regularly in public.

What else is happening:

  • Trump and his companies have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades, according to a count by USA Today...
  • Clinton plans what is billed as a major speech on national security in San Diego Thursday to make the case that Trump is unfit to be commander-in-chief...
  • Army Col. Peter Mansoor, a hard-core Republican and top adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, says Trump is "not fit" for the office and he'll vote for Clinton.
  • President Barack Obama escalated his own anti-Trump message in Elkhart, Indiana on Wednesday, warning his election would heighten the risk of another financial crisis.
  • Late in the game though it may be, Sanders & Co. are planning to release his tax forms before the DNC in Philadelphia next month....
  • The Trump campaign is meeting with the Republican National Committee to build a rapid-response communications strategy, Bloomberg News says...
  • Trump appears to owe at least $100 million to German-based Deutsche Bank, according to his latest disclosures, raising potential conflicts of interest, asserts Mother Jones magazine...
  • Think there's something shady about the GOP nominee-to-be sell-sell-selling products while on the campaign trail? Politico poses the question.
  • With Clinton, Sanders and Trump all against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, its supporters are hoping to get it passed after the election, but before President Barack Obama leaves office, The New York Times reports...
  • Trump will visit Scotland June 24 for the ceremonial reopening of his Turnberry golf resort. The trip will come a day after the U.K. votes on whether to stay in the European Union...
  • Republican convention planners are looking into using the Cleveland Browns’ 67,000-seat FirstEnergy Stadium — a hint it could be the venue for Trump’s acceptance speech...

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