News organizations ask judge to immediately unseal Trump indictment, allow cameras in court
A group of news organizations, including NBC News, The Associated Press and The New York Times, have asked Judge Juan Merchan to immediately unseal the Trump indictment and to allow cameras in the courtroom.
"Because of the overwhelming public interest in the contents of the indictment, and because no valid purpose is served by keeping the indictment under seal pending arraignment, we respectfully request that it be unsealed without delay. Indeed, any delay only allows speculation about the content of the indictment to proliferate," a law firm representing the media coalition wrote.
In a separate petition, the coalition urged Merchan to allow audio and visual access to the arraignment expected Tuesday: "The gravity of this proceeding — unprecedented and historic arraignment of a former U.S. President — and, consequently the need for the broadest possible public access, cannot be overstated."
Merchan is set to preside over Tuesday’s arraignment and likely to oversee any subsequent trial.
Live updates and latest coverage as former President Donald Trump is expected to be arraigned in New York on Tuesday. He is facing about 30 charges in the state related to document fraud.