Judge to unseal court case files involving Trump associate

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A federal judge is unsealing about 240 legal documents related to the criminal past of a former business partner to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan’s action comes in response to a request by The Associated Press. The unusual case seeks to establish whether two lawyers should be held in criminal contempt for revealing details of real estate developer Felix Sater’s role orchestrating a Mafia-linked stock fraud and subsequent co-operation with prosecutors.

The AP reported in December that even after learning about Felix Sater’s criminal background, Trump tapped Sater to prospect for business on his behalf.

The lawyers facing the criminal probe said secrecy surrounding Sater’s case allowed him to commit additional misconduct.

Sater’s attorneys say the disclosures about his government co-operation endangered his life.