A video which attorneys for Donald Trump wanted kept private, in which he spoke about his incendiary remarks about Latinos, will be released, possibly as early as today.
The video is derived from testimony Trump offered in June as part of two lawsuits he filed last year when chefs offended by his remarks quashed plans to open restaurants at his new D.C. hotel.
In D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman’s ruling, which he issued Thursday evening, he dismissed the argument that the possibility of the video’s potential use in campaign videos precluded its release to the public. Holemen stated, "This Court finds that Plaintiff has not demonstrated that any subject video deposition contains scandalous, libelous, or other unduly prejudicial material warranting denial of media access. The public shall not be held captive by the suggested eventuality of partisan editing in a manner unfavorable to Plaintiff or the deponents."
Holeman had previously denied a request from Trump’s attorneys to keep the video private. In August, Buzzfeed, CNN, The Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS, and The Los Angeles Times all urged for the video to be made public.
Ironically, Holeman’s ruling is the opposite of the decision reached by the judge Trump had previously attacked: U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Curiel ruled in two federal lawsuits alleging fraud in the Trump University real estate seminar program, that videos of Trump’s depositions were to remain private, despite a similar media request. Curiel reasoned no substantial public interest was served by releasing the videos, because the transcripts had been made public.
"The public shall not be held captive by the suggested eventuality of partisan editing in a manner unfavorable to Plaintiff or the deponents."
Judge Brian Holeman
Holeman pointed out that the trial over which he is presiding was different, asserting, "Here, in the absence of a jury trial, any concerns of undue prejudice arising from selection of jurors are baseless.”