Lawyers for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are asking a San Diego judge in the upcoming fraud trial over Trump University to keep out any evidence relating to his presidential campaign.
In a pretrial motion filed Thursday in federal court, lawyer Daniel Petrocelli listed more than a dozen areas he described as “outside the adjudicative” process that jurors should not hear.
They covered much of what Trump has been saying over the past year or more, and what has been said and written about him as he pursues the presidency.
The list included any evidence from campaign statements, speeches, advertisements, statements at debates and tweets from Trump’s very active Twitter account.
It also included two specific subject areas that have been flash points during the campaign and controversial for the candidate: “personal conduct accusations” and “comments about this case and the court.”
The motion does not specifically identify what comments are out of bounds.
The personal conduct accusations could relate to the women who recently have accused Trump of groping or kissing them. The candidate has denied mistreating women, characterizing the accusations as fiction and blaming Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign for prompting the women to come forward.
The comments about Trump University litigation stem from his widely reported attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the case.
In a stop in San Diego in May, Trump said Curiel was being unfair to him and charged that the judge’s “Mexican” heritage made him biased against the businessman. The judge was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrants.