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After Donald Trump blasted a federal judge for his handling of a lawsuit alleging fraud committed by his Trump University, the judge wasted no time in getting back at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
He unsealing internal Trump University records that the candidate’s lawyers asked be kept from the public, according to Politico.
“Defendant became the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race, and has placed the integrity of these court proceedings at issue,” U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel announced in his order unsealing the documents.
Curiel issued his order within hours of Trump’s 12-minute verbal assault against the judge Friday at a San Diego campaign event. Trump referred to Curiel as a “hater” and made reference to his Latino heritage.
“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel,” the candidate said at the Friday afternoon event. “I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself. I’m telling you, this court system, judges in this court system, federal court, they ought to look into Judge Curiel. Because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace, OK?”
Curiel, who sits in the same Southern California city in which Trump made his remarks, made no reference to the candidate’s diatribe. He nonetheless noted prior news reports of Trump making similar remarks. They include an NBC story reporting that Trump claimed Curiel was “extremely unfair” as well as an Associated Press report headlined, “Trump: Judge’s ethnicity matters in Trump University suit.”
The judge issued his order in response to a motion to unseal the records brought by The Washington Post, who is not a party in the case. Curiel was hearing oral arguments on the Post’s motion less than a mile away from where Trump was blasting the judge — and at approximately the same time.
The court published its order several hours after the hearing. Politico reported:
Curiel said in his order Friday that Trump’s presidential campaign and his criticism of the court were reasons to overrule his objections to the release of so-called “Playbooks” describing Trump University’s operations. The judge also noted that one version was published by POLITICO in March. “The entire 2010 Playbook has been posted online by Politico,” Curiel wrote.
Trump also indicated Friday that he may move to have Curiel disqualified from hearing the case, something he has indicated in the past.
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