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Donald and Ivana Trump: Don’t unseal divorce records

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Donald Trump and his ex-wife Ivana are battling attempts at unsealing records of their 1990 divorce, according to a new report.

The Trumps filed separate legal briefs Tuesday urging a judge in Manhattan to stop two media companies from scrutinizing the end of their marriage, Politico said.

{mosads}“In seeking to invade the Trumps’ 26-year-old confidential matrimonial files, The [New York] Times and Gannett, as shown in Mr. Trump’s filing in opposition to their motion, rely on entirely unprecedented and erroneous arguments that are contrary to the protections afforded by the [state] Legislature over 150 years ago,” attorney Marc Kasowitz wrote in Donald Trump’s response to the motion filed last month.

Ivana Trump, meanwhile, begged for her family’s records to remain private in a personal affidavit filed with her own legal arguments.

“I do not want the details of our divorce (most of which have already been reported extensively) to be opened up and displayed to the general public for their misinterpretation and amusement,” she wrote.

“Donald and I currently share a warm relationship and our family should not be forced to relive this part of our past because he is running for president.”

Politico said New York law normally keeps divorce records sealed, but a judge can release them upon deciding “special circumstances” justify the disclosure.

Donald Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday said his status as the GOP’s presidential nominee do not justify disregarding the presumption of secrecy.

“The courts have never overridden those protections because of a purported public interest in vetting political candidates,” Kasowitz and other attorneys from the New York-based firm Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman wrote.

“There is simply no importance, overriding or otherwise, to unsealing the matrimonial records of a political candidate,” they added, which also includes veteran Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen.

The New York Times Co. and Gannett Co., which owns USA Today, in August requested the New York Supreme Court unseal records from Donald and Ivana Trump’s divorce.

“[The Trumps’ divorce records] have become directly relevant to the issues being debated in the hotly contested presidential campaign,” the two media companies said in their filing on Aug. 11.

“It would be deeply incongruous to American democracy to bar the public from seeing the official court records pertaining directly to the credibility and character of a person they must soon decide whether to elect as their president.”

Donald and Ivana Trump were granted a divorce due to “cruel and inhuman treatment” before ultimately reaching a settlement later on.

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