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Fox News Joins Media Coalition Asking For Release Of Trump U. Depositions

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Fox News Joins Media Coalition Asking For Release Of Trump U. Depositions


Published with permission from Media Matters for America.

Fox News joined a media coalition asking the judge in the Trump U. fraud case to release videos of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump being questioned over the real estate program. The move by Fox comes after defending Trump from allegations of fraud surrounding the Trump U. controversy.

On June 11 Politico reported that a number of media organizations asked Judge Gonzalo Curiel to release video of Trump’s testimony in the Trump U. case. Lawyers for the media coalition argued that the lawsuit “has become a prominent election issue” and that Trump himself had cited Trump U. “as an example of his business success.” The initial coalition included all major TV news networks except for Fox News, as well as newspaper publishers from The New York TimesWashington Post, and Tribune Publishing.

On June 15, Politico reported that Fox News joined the effort, stating that they were not aware of the request and became interested in joining as soon as they learned of the move:

Fox News is joining a media coalition seeking to obtain full access to depositions presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave in a class-action lawsuit over his Trump University real estate seminar program.

When an array of news organizations moved last week to loosen restrictions on the deposition transcripts and videos, all the major news networks were part of the effort, except for Fox. Also on board were the New York Times, the Washington Post and Tribune Co., publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

In a filing Wednesday with U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego, lawyers for the media coalition said Fox was joining the consortium supporting the drive to remove confidential designations on parts of Trump’s testimony. If those restrictions are lifted, either side in the case would be free to release the transcripts in their entirety and likely the videos of the depositions as well.

Fox News’ decision to join the media coalition now ensures that right-wing media can continue their struggle to defend Trump by selectively using any video released.



  1. tbs June 16, 2016

    Tell me when is the press going to really push for ALL the emails on Hilary Clinton?
    Plus when will Hillary release her speeches?
    Plus when will the money trail on the Clinton Charity Foundation be available to follow.
    That is more important than Trump’s U stuff.
    Geeze people, get a life and ask about real important things.

    1. JPHALL June 16, 2016

      What important things? What about all the Bush administration Emails? Funny that none of the people who were at those speeches have released their tapes or phone videos despite all the whining about them. It is really funny since most of those in attendance were Republicans. You look up the foundation money trail by using Google. Gee whiz right wing nut job losers come up with some new fake scandals.

    2. Independent1 June 16, 2016

      When are you joksters – you, David, AgLander and others going to grow up?? I’ve never seen such a bunch of juvenile deliquents on the internet in all my almost 80 years. I get more grown up conversation chatting with my 4 year old great grandson than blogging with you no nothings. What a bunch of clowns you are!!!

      1. Irishgrammy June 17, 2016

        This is just too good Independent1……love it. My 13 year old grandson is far smarter, with a higher intellect and far more truthful than any of those bigoted racist clowns you mention…..I try really hard not to bite the vile bait, but sometimes letting loose is so cathartic!

    3. Independent1 June 16, 2016

      Maybe you should be asking – when are the nitwit Republicans going to follow through and produce the more than 3 million emails that still haven’t been produced as requested from the Bush White House years. At one time there were over 100 million emails missing from the Bush White House.

      And you are aware right, that during the Bush White House years, virtually everyone working their used PRIVATE EMAIL SERVERS when doing their government business – including Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and George Bush.

      And you are aware right, that Powell not only used private servers but actually erased all his emails. Hmmm??? And Rice did also. Hmm??

      And you are aware too, are you, that after servicing as governor of Mass., that Mitt Romney permitted all the folks in his administration to purchase their computer hard drives and destroy them – so there is no permanent record of all the nefarious dealings that went on while snake-oil salesman Mitt was governor of Mass.

      1. FireBaron June 17, 2016

        Inde, don’t you realize by now that to Tea Baggers, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander? Why else would they be demanding the release of all of Hillary’s emails (which are being released by the FBI as they go through them), but are claiming Bush’s are protected by Executive Privilege.

      2. tbs June 20, 2016

        Your response is very inaccurate! No need to reply as ALL liberals are dense and would only reply with an answer of nothing to my question!
        Don’t waste my time

        1. Independent1 June 21, 2016

          Sorry there lowlife, I don’t post inaccurate data unless I’m on the conservative side of my estimates. You prove clearly with each post that you’re nothing but a pathological lying Faux News sheeple:

          From MediaMatters:

          Even for a Republican White House that was badly stumbling through George W. Bush’s sixth year in office, the revelation on April 12, 2007 was shocking. Responding to congressional demands for emails in connection with its investigation into the partisan firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the White House announced that as many as five million emails, covering a two-year span, had been lost.

          The emails had been run through private accounts controlled by the Republican National Committee and were only supposed to be used for dealing with non-administration political campaign work to avoid violating ethics laws. Yet congressional investigators already had evidence private emails had been used for government business, including to discuss the firing of one of the U.S. attorneys. The RNC accounts were used by 22 White House staffers, including then-Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, who reportedly used his RNC email for 95 percent of his communications.

          As the Washington Post reported, “Under federal law, the White House is required to maintain records, including e-mails, involving presidential decision- making and
          deliberations.” But suddenly millions of the private RNC emails had gone missing; emails that were seen as potentially crucial evidence by Congressional investigators.


          And about Powell and Rice from NewsWeek:

          The shocking truth about the last two Republican secretaries of state has finally come out: Colin Powell and aides to Condoleezza Rice trafficked in classified information on their personal email accounts. This is an enormous scandal!

          Oh, wait. No, it’s not.

          This news involving Powell and Rice is meaningless except that it sets up a rational conversation (finally) about the Hillary Clinton bogus “email-gate” imbroglio. Perhaps the partisans on each side will now be more willing to listen to the facts. From the beginning, the “scandal” about Clinton using a personal email account when she was secretary of
          state—including the finding that a few documents on it were
          retroactively deemed classified—has been a big nothing-burger perpetuated for partisan purposes, with reports spooned out by Republicans attempting to deceive or acting out of ignorance.

          Conservative commentators have raged, presidential candidates have fallen over themselves in apoplectic babbling, and some politicians have proclaimed that Clinton should be in jail for mishandling classified information. The nonsense has been never-ending, and attempts to cut
          through the fog of duplicity have been fruitless.


          From ABCNews:

          Emails That Romney Tried to Hide Are Revealed

          When Romney left the governor’s office in Massachusetts, his staff erased all the emails from a computer server and bought the hard drives used to store data, so that their correspondence would stay hidden.

          Or so they thought.

          Tom Trimarco, Romney’s administration and finance secretary, never deleted his emails. Some of them surfaced today in The Wall Street Journal, which submitted a public information request for emails involving Trimarco and officials in the administration.


    4. Budjob June 17, 2016

      tbees,Don the Con is a FRAUD,and so is his so called “university”!!


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