A federal judge has tentatively denied President-elect Donald Trump’s motion to bar plaintiffs lawyers from using statements he made during his presidential campaign at a trial later this month in a fraud case brought by former Trump University students.
In an order issued ahead of a pretrial hearing on Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the Southern District of California denied Trump’s motion to prohibit references at the Nov. 28 trial to his “character or controversial behavior” or other statements he made as a presidential hopeful.
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