Judge rejects media effort to unseal Trump's divorce records
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A judge in New York has rejected an attempt by The New York Times and Gannett to unseal records from Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE’s divorce from his first wife, Ivana, according to Politico.


In his ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo said he was not convinced by the media companies’ argument that the records would be necessary to vet Trump’s fitness the be president of the United States.

"Were the court to make the confidential records available for journalistic, and thus public, scrutiny, it would impermissibly inject itself into the political process by making the value judgment of what information is useful in determining the present candidate's, or any other candidate's, fitness for office," the judge wrote. 

"The court's role in the electoral process is strictly limited to determining whether a candidate complies with the Election Law. The court will not take an action that exceeds that limitation."

Nervo also wrote that Ivana Trump has a right to privacy as a private citizen, even if he had decided that the candidate did not.

The two were granted a divorce in 1991 due to “cruel and inhuman treatment.”

Both had opposed the request to unseal the records.

"We are pleased with the Court's well-reasoned decision and order," said Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s attorney.

Gannett and the Times have not reached a decision about whether to appeal, according to their lawyer.