Skip to main content

Media Organizations Fight for Access to Donald Trump’s Taped Depositions in Trump U Case


shutterstock_386628067Several media organizations, including CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times, have banded together in an attempt to gain access to videotaped depositions of Donald Trump. Fox News was the only major network not to take part in the filing. The depositions were taken as part of an ongoing fraud lawsuit against the presumptive Republican nominee.

“There is substantial public interest in this litigation given the subject  matter of the case and Defendant’s status as the presumptive Republican presidential,” attorneys for the media organizations wrote in a motion to intervene. The document was filed in a California federal court Friday evening.

The Trump depositions were taken on December 10 and January 21. Former students sued Trump University and Donald Trump alleging the school scammed them out of money, and didn’t provide an adequate education. The depositions consist of videotaped testimony from Trump in which he answers questions about how the school was run. The deposition are taken under oath, so he must speak truthfully.

“Given the undeniable and substantial public interest in these proceedings, the need for transparency could not be greater,” the media attorneys wrote, “The strong public interest in this case, which involves serious, allegations of fraud that have become a prominent issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, weighs in favor of public disclosure of materials produced in the course of the litigation.”

Currently, there is a protective order preventing the complete transcripts and videotapes of Trump from being made public. Attorneys for the media organizations are asking to intervene in the case in order to fight for these records. It remains to be seen if Trump will oppose the media’s request. is following this story closely and will update the story accordingly.

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow Law&Crime:

Rachel Stockman is President of Law&Crime which includes Law&Crime Productions, Law&Crime Network and Under her watch, the company has grown from just a handful of people to a robust production company and network producing dozens of true crime shows a year in partnership with major networks. She also currently serves as Executive Producer of Court Cam, a hit show on A&E, and I Survived a Crime, a new crime show premiering on A&E this fall. She also oversees production of a new daily syndicated show Law&Crime Daily, which is produced in conjunction with Litton Entertainment. In addition to these shows, her network and production company produce programs for Facebook Watch, Cineflix and others. She has spent years covering courts and legal issues, and was named Atlanta Press Club's 'Rising Star' in 2014. Rachel graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Yale Law School.