A federal judge Friday ordered the unsealing of documents in a civil lawsuit against Trump University on the same day that the presumptive Republican nominee ripped him in a campaign speech in California.
"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 in San Diego wrote in his order, Politico reports
The judge — whom Trump slammed Friday at a rally in the city as "very hostile" and possibly biased because Curiel is "Mexican" — responded to a request by The Washington Post
to unseal the documents.
Trump's lawyers have argued that the information on the university's real estate course, which former students have contended is a fraud, were trade secrets because they were from the program's "playbooks," according to Politico.
Though most documents had been made public in the civil case, more than 150 pages — from various Trump University playbooks from 2009 and 2010 — had remained under seal.
In his decision, Curiel noted that Politico had published the full 2010 playbook online. It virtually duplicated the 2009 book, he ruled.
He also found that the material was largely "very routine and commonplace information" and ordered the documents to be unsealed by June 2, Politico reports.
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