If you thought the documents that were released in the Trump University case was bad, imagine what Trump himself said about the case, under oath, on video. Trump doesn’t have to imagine it, he was there. And that’s why he is fighting so hard to prevent the release of the tapes to the public.
Attorneys for Donald Trump are seeking to block the filing of a portion of his video-recorded deposition in a class-action lawsuit by former Trump University students, a move that could prevent the public release of the videos, according to a court document filed Friday.
If made public, the videos could be a powerful weapon in campaign advertisements targeting Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, as he faces off against Hillary Clinton in the general election.
A partial transcript of Trump’s testimony, which took place in December and January, has already been released at the order of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. But the video will illuminate Trump’s remarks in a way that words on a page cannot, said Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Trump has a habit of being… if not honest, then much more honest than he otherwise would be under oath. For instance, he admitted many years ago under oath that he sometimes acted as his own spokesman named John Barron, something that he lied about on the campaign trail for weeks.
We already know that he’s admitted under oath in this case that he didn’t know the instructors and that he couldn’t even identify photographs of some of them. Imagine how damaging such an admission, on tape, could be in the middle of a Presidential campaign.
Further, one of the things that’s alleged by the named plaintiff who withdrew in this case is that in the portion of the deposition that hasn’t been unsealed, Trump threatened her and told her he would financially ruin her. Given that Trump has been selling the false story that she withdrew because she “was a disaster,” you can bet that any release of this portion of the transcript would likewise be used against Trump in ads.
Oh and hey – guess who is going to be ruling on whether these tapes will be made public? If you guessed the same judge who Trump has been bashing in the media for the last two solid weeks, you guessed correctly.
Behold the joy of running a candidate who is the subject of a major fraud case (that is almost definitely meritorious).