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U.S. Judge Urges Obama Admin. to Protect Trump Associate’s Secret History — but Why?

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The adviser once pleaded guilty in a Mafia-linked stock fraud scheme.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. judge is urging the Obama administration to protect from public disclosure federal court records related to the once-secret criminal history of a former Donald Trump business partner.

In a highly unusual order prompted by The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said that unless the Justice Department acts before April 18, he will decide whether to make the court files public under the assumption that federal prosecutors don't care.

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