University president resigns amid scandal
Montclair State University President James D. Cunliffe resigned on Thursday, the school said.
Cunliff resigned after more than a year as president after he was indicted on two felony counts of corruption stemming from his handling of a $50 million donation to a political action committee linked to then-candidate Donald Trump.CUNLIFF’S STATEMENT: “I accept full responsibility for the mistakes and actions of my administration and have deeply regretted the damage to the university and the university community that occurred in the last several months.
She pleaded not guilty.”
As a result of this unfortunate situation, I have decided to resign my position as president effective immediately.”CUNliff’s resignation comes a day after his daughter, Kristina, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.
She pleaded not guilty.
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Kristina Cunsell’s attorney, Brian K. Loomis, did not immediately return a message left at her mother’s Manhattan office Thursday.
Kristin Cunlliffe, who is married to James Cunlawis, was indicted by a grand jury in New York in April.
She is accused of illegally transferring $50,000 to a PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Wednesday.
A grand jury indictment unsealing charges against Kristin Cuney on drug trafficking charges in Manhattan was unsealed Thursday.
She is the daughter of James Cuneys brother, a former U.S. congressman, who served in Congress for 27 years, according the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.
Kristen CunLiffe and her husband are scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, according court records.
Kristi CunLawis and James Cunniffe did not respond to requests for comment.
The couple did not return messages left with their Manhattan offices.
The former president is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday.
The case is in its preliminary stages.
A former assistant principal at the Montclair school, James C. Cunniff resigned in January after a grand Jury indictment unseated the indictment against his wife on corruption charges.
Kristie Cunnifield, a lawyer for the former president, did NOT return a call seeking comment.
James Cuniff was appointed to the post in January 2018.
His term as president ends in 2019.
He has been accused of receiving money from the Trump campaign and of using his office to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Cunniff, a retired U.C.L.A. professor who is an attorney for the Cunflies, said he did not know of any investigation into the donation but that he knew of no wrongdoing by his wife.
“I am shocked and appalled by the charges and I believe the investigation should be reopened,” Cunciffe said in a statement.
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to resolve this matter without litigation and I look for the opportunity for this situation to be resolved amicably.”
James Cunniffs son, James D., is also an attorney and said in an email he is not aware of any evidence linking the Cunnies to the PAC that was used to help Sanders.
He declined to comment on any legal action pending in the case, but said he was “satisfied” that he has “no involvement whatsoever” in the donation.